MAN ACCUSED OF LIGHTING BUSHFIRES FACES COURT

A man has faced court, accused of lighting bushfires in the Hunter Valley.

23-year-old Jake Brown was allegedly spotted emerging from bushland near Cessnock covered in soot on December 27.

Police believe he lit two fires – one at Neath and another at Aberdare.

Brown is yet to enter a plea.

The case returns to court next month.

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