Warning issued for straw stacks as risk of arson attacks increases

17:07 07 July 2014

Cambridgeshire fire are urging people to report hay stack fires

Cambridgeshire fire are urging people to report hay stack fires

Archant

Police and fire services are urging people to report any suspicious activity around straw stacks in a bid to reduce the risk of arson attacks.

In the last year, the number of deliberate fires has increased with five more incidents occurring compared to 2012 and 2013.

Inspector Ian Ford said: “These fires cost businesses thousands of pounds and also cause huge disruption to rural communities and motorists.

“We are using a range of tactics, including the use of covert equipment, to identify and catch anyone committing this type of crime.

“But we also need people to report any suspicious activity around these stacks.

“Offenders face being arrested and put before the courts. However, there is also an important safety issue to consider. Those responsible are not only risking their own lives but potentially the lives of others.”

Arson liaison officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Martin Boome, said: “A stack fire can tie up fire and police resources for several hours, which means people starting them deliberately are impacting on our response to other emergency calls.”

Local officers are working with the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch and the National Farmers’ Union to launch investigations.

If you have any information regarding suspects or suspicious activities around straw stacks, please contact the police by calling 101, 999 in an emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cambs Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cambs Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cambs Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 14:04
Protester Amanda Burrell takes her stand. Picture: Steve Williams.

A woman fed up of tractors depositing mud on the road outside her home took matters into her own hands this morning ... she staged a blockade.

Yesterday, 10:12
Wendy Simms who has gone missing from her Peterborough home

Police are asking for help to find a former Doddington woman who has gone missing for the second time in three months.

Yesterday, 17:52
Sir Harry Smith community college 6th form watching student George Ford on Countdown. Picture: Steve Williams.

17 year old maths student is the youngest ever contestant to reach the semi finals of Channel 4 show Countdown.

Yesterday, 16:24
Effie Hadman

A couple have set up used stamp collection boxes around the Fens to raise funds to find a cure for a rare terminal disease which has seen their four year old daughter go downhill rapidly in less than a year.

Most read stories

E-edition