Police hunt haystack arsonists

PUBLISHED: 09:35 12 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:34 28 May 2010

POLICE in March are appealing for the public s help in tracing arsonists who deliberately set fire to a hay stack near the town.

Officers were called at just before 8pm yesterday (Sunday, February 11) to reports that the stack at a farm in Manea Road, Wim

POLICE in March are appealing for the public's help in tracing arsonists who deliberately set fire to a hay stack near the town.

Officers were called at just before 8pm yesterday (Sunday, February 11) to reports that the stack at a farm in Manea Road, Wimblingon was alight.

A police spokesman said: "Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen who started this fire or has any other information that could help me find those responsible.

"There have been a number of stack fires in the Fenland area this year at great cost to local farmers and landowners. These stacks provide an income source as well as food for animals and the loss of a stack of this size has considerable impact on the owner.

"These fires are also extremely dangerous. They are fast spreading and burn for several hours, or even days if the stack is large. This fire could have easily spread to neighbouring buildings, posing a significant risk to life.

"We will deal robustly with anyone caught committing stack fires and I would like to hear from anyone with information that may help our inquiries into this particular fire."

Anyone with information should contact March Police Station on 0845 456 456 4, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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