Police news around Parramatta

Police have appealed for information after a home was firebombed in Guildford.

Five people, including a 12-year-old boy were in a house on Phyllis Crescent when there was an explosion at around 1am on Wednesday.

Emergency services extinguished the blaze and no-one was injured.

Detective Superintendent Matthew Appleton said one of the occupants was known to police and the home has been targeted in several “serious incidents”.

The force of the blast burnt the exterior of the home causing significant damage. The heat caused the lounge room window to smash, filling the house with smoke.

“It’s very, very serious where someone goes to try and set fire to a house with people in it. I’m throwing every resource I can at this matter,” Superintendent Appleton said.

Police would like to speak to a man as part of their inquiries. He is described as aged in his early 20s and was last seen wearing a hooded jumper, dark pants and dark coloured shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Merrylands Police on 9897 4899.

Fraudster to appear in court

Former Parramatta Eels chief executive Scott Seward will appear in court next month after he was charged with fraud.

The allegations relate to the NRL club’s salary cap scandal.

Strike Force Rhodium detectives arrested Mr Seward, 41, at Sydney City Police Station on April 7. He was charged with fraud and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on May 19.

Fraud and Cybercrime Squad coordinator Detective Chief Inspector Matt Craft said the investigation is focused on the use of false invoices to disguise player payments.

“It doesn’t appear to have been an isolated incident or the actions of just one individual,” he said.

The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Board has issued “show cause” notices to Parramatta Leagues and four former directors in relation to the club’s breaches of the NRL salary cap.

They are invited to respond to the contention that they are not “fit and proper” persons to hold key positions at a registered club.