Police are appealing for information from the community after a home was destroyed by fire in Parkes last week.
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About 11.50pm last Wednesday, February 19, police and emergency services responded to reports of a house fire on Parkesborough Road.
The blaze was extinguished by NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW; however; the house was destroyed.
The home was vacant at the time and no injuries were reported.
Officers from Central West Police District established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.
Initial inquiries indicate the fire was deliberately lit.
As investigations continue, police are urging anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area that evening to come forward.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
In other police news...
A teenager has been charged over the attempted armed robbery of two local businesses in Forbes.
About 10.50am on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, a teenage boy armed with a knife entered a shop on Rankin Street and threatened staff, demanding money and cigarettes.
The shop attendant - a 49-year-old woman - yelled at the boy and told him to leave. He fled the area on a green scooter.
Officers from Central West Police District attended and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.
Following extensive inquiries, officers attached to Central West Police District arrested a 15-year-old boy at a home at Forbes about 6.20pm last Friday, February 21.
He was taken to Forbes Police Station and charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon and intimidate police officer in the execution of duty.
Police will also allege in court that the boy was verbally aggressive and threatened a police officer while in custody.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children's court on Thursday, March 5.
Following further inquiries, police investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Rankin Street restaurant arrested the boy just after 2.30pm on Sunday, February 23.
Police will allege that the boy entered the restaurant about 3.15pm last Wednesday, February 19, and threatened the 42-year-old female staff member with a a blade attached to a piece of wood and demanded cash. He fled the store empty handed.
The teen was taken to Forbes Police Station, where he was charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon.
He was refused bail and appeared at a childrens court, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear on Thursday April 23.
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