Crackdown on straw stack fires
POLICE are teaming up with farmers and fire fighters to crack down on straw fires.
Officers are launching Operation Armitage with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch and the National Farmers Union to tackle straw stack arson.
“These fires cost businesses thousands of pounds and have a dramatic effect on the rural community,” said PC Robin Smith, who is leading the operation, said.
“We are using a range of tactics, including the use of covert equipment, to identify and catch anyone committing this type of crime.
“Offenders will be arrested and face being taken to court. 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.”
Martin Boome, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We take a strong view about any kind of fire which is started deliberately - including stack fires. This type of fire has the potential to kill not only those in the nearby vicinity, but also the arsonists themselves.
“A stack fire can tie up fire and police resources for several hours, which means that people starting these fires deliberately are impacting on our response to other emergency calls.
- 1 Take a look inside this £600,000 converted barn hidden in the Fens
- 2 Teenager, 19, on County Drug Lines heroin and crack cocaine charge
- 3 Plumbing ringleader who ‘traded under multiple names’ jailed
- 4 Motorists face extra time on journeys due to A141 closure
- 5 Real living wage given to frontline care home workers
- 6 Dealer flees on foot leaving drugs, cash and his bike behind
- 7 Cup winners, bumper crowds and an ex-England star amongst Fenmen success
- 8 'Most stunning' The Chase contestant takes on fresh challenge
- 9 Supermarkets issue urgent product recall after salmonella found in products
- 10 Couple up for the challenge as new high street shop launched
“We are working closely with the police to reduce this type of fire and to bring offenders to justice.”
Any suspicious activities around straw stacks should be reported to police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.