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Firebug strikes at Suffolk farms

PUBLISHED: 22:00 12 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 March 2010

POLICE are tracking a firebug's trail after three straw stacks were torched.

The fires were lit in a small area in little more than hour over night. Police today confirmed they are being treated as arson.

POLICE are tracking a firebug's trail after three straw stacks were torched.

The fires were lit in a small area in little more than hour over night. Police today confirmed they are being treated as arson.

Firefighters spent more than eight hours battling the most serious blaze along the A134 in Alpheton.

Engines from Sudbury and Melford were called after 400 tonnes of straw were torched at about 11.20pm yesterday.

Three fire crews battled the flames with two water jets. The scene was not declared safe until after 7.30am today.

Sudbury firefighters were later called to another serious straw fire. Flames ripped through eight one-tonne bails of straw at about 12.30am.

The all clear was not sounded until nearly 5.45am.

And resources were stretched to the limit when a third fire was reported in Hanningfield Green, Lawshall.

An engine was called to the scene from Bury St Edmunds at about 12.40am. The blaze was extinguished about half an hour later.

Pc Darren Marshall is leading the police investigation. Anyone with information should contact him on 01473 613500.

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