Witnesses sought to arson attack in Gungahlin

Seeking witnesses

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an arson attack that occurred at a barber shop in Gungahlin over the weekend. 

About 11.40pm on Saturday, 6 July 2024, police received reports that two people had attended the barber shop on Hibberson Street, Gungahlin on push bikes and broken into the store. 

The pair are believed to have smashed the glass front door to the premises, before entering, spreading an accelerant throughout the premises, and ignited it.  

In the process of spreading the accelerant, one of the offenders has inadvertently set themselves alight. This was quickly extinguished by the other offender. 

The offenders then fled the scene on bikes in the direction of Gungahlin Place prior to police arriving at the scene. 

While the fire suppression system quickly contained the fire, the premises sustained significant damage. 

Police have already spoken to a number of witnesses, however would still like to speak to anyone else who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police. This includes anyone with knowledge of a person incurring burns to their body and/or clothing over the weekend. 

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 7792682. Information can be provided anonymously.     



POLICE MEDIA — (02) 5126 9070,  act-police-media@afp.gov.au  

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