Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -2°C

Search

Suffolk: Farmers urged to change hay storage after spate of blazes

18:16 28 September 2012

The scene of a straw fire.

The scene of a straw fire.

Archant

pOLICE and fire chiefs are urging farmers to be vigilant and change how they store hay after a spate of arson attacks.

The warning comes just days after a pig farmer in Cavenham lost £22,000 worth of bales in two separate, but linked, incidents.

Since August this year there have been seven haystack fires at various locations across Suffolk.

Aside from the blaze at Cavenham, there have also been fires at farms in Parham, Gisleham, Lakenheath, Exning and Rushmere.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said farmers should consider changing how and where they store their bales. He said: “As a result of these incidents Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are asking farmers to consider creating a series of smaller stacks which have a natural firebreak in between them and to also consider setting the stack back from the road so as to make it harder for a car to pull up beside the stack where it may then be set on fire.”

The East Anglian Daily Times reported this week how Ben Spurgeon was left counting the cost after about 1,200 bales on his farm on Tuddenham Road were set on fire.

More than 60 piglets had to be led away from the scene as the fire threatened to engulf some nearby pens.

Witnesses reported seeing flames of between 50 or 60ft high.

Police said another arson attack had resulted in £14,000 worth of bales being burnt.

A spokesman added: “Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to Suffolk police on 101, or if you see an event like this in progress dial 999.”

Related articles

0 comments

‘Crude, clumsy and pointlessly lurid’ or ‘colourful, practical and deliverable’ the design for a Suffolk town’s new-look leisure centre has divided opinion.

The British government must be prepared to stand up to new US President Donald Trump when senior ministers visit him for the first time.

He risked his life for our freedom, flying in 31 raids on Nazi Germany, and he lived to tell the tale.

Fast cars, towering mansions and luxurious holidays are usually top of the shopping list for young popstars earning millions of pounds.

A man last night died during a crash between a car and a lorry, police have confirmed.

A well-attended weekly run is cancelled today due to problems on the course.

Paper owls which were a focal point in a shop’s window display have been sold off to raise cash for Woodbridge Royal British Legion.

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Preparatory work on a masterplan for 2,000 new homes at Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath is under way.

A criminal investigation has been launched by police into a failing care home in Hadleigh at which a resident died.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24