Hunter bat plague: firefighters extinguish suspicious blaze at Cessnock bat camp | photos, video, poll

Updated May 26 2016 - 11:08am, first published May 22 2016 - 5:26pm
Bushland housing a bat camp behind East Cessnock Public School was set alight on Saturday night. It comes as debate rages about large numbers of flying foxes in the Hunter. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

A DELIBERATELY lit fire has threatened to burn up to 30,000 bats alive in Cessnock as anger with the animal reaches breaking point.

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Brodie Owen is a police reporter for the Newcastle Herald.