Man charged over lighting fire on Westmead train

Police have charged a man after he allegedly lit a fire on a train near Westmead on Friday .

A 25-year-old man was travelling on a train headed for the city from Springwood about 8.20pm, Friday, November 23.

As the train approached Westmead railway station the man allegedly set fire to a pile of paper on the top level of the carriage, causing extensive damage to a number of seats.

The fire was extinguished and the man was arrested at Parramatta train station and conveyed to Parramatta police station.

He was subsequently charged with lighting a fire on a train and damage property by fire.

The man was given conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on the January 16.