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Corrections: Arson charges, Gold Coast

Corrections have been made to the media release issued last night.

As a result of ongoing investigations Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit have charged a man over alleged fires which caused damaged to two schools last week.

Around 7.20pm on Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a fire inside a classroom at a school on Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters.

On Friday, around 9.15pm, emergency services were called to a Fairway Drive school at Clear Island Waters to reports of a small fire in a classroom and offensive graffiti left on walls.

A 17-year-old Clear Island Waters man has been charged with two counts of arson, one count of wilful damage, two counts of wilful damage by graffiti at a school and ten counts of improper use of an emergency call service relating to the intentional misuse of the 000 emergency line on several occasions. He was also charged with an unrelated charge concerning the possession of a drug utensil.

He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

The schools sustained smoke, water and fire damage which was quickly extinguished.

No one was injured as a result of the fire.

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