Arsonists set farmer’s bale stack ablaze
A farmer in East Yorkshire has become the target of arsonists after having a bale stack set alight in his field.
Police in Humberside came across the farm with a blazing stack of bales in a field and they immediately called for support from Humberside Fire and Rescue.
Humberside Police have launched an investigation into the attack and it is estimated the incident has cost the farmer around £5,500 in damages.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said:
“Late off this evening after discovering a bale stack ablaze at Patrington Haven. Humberside Fire has confirmed arson.
That’s £5,500 of someone’s livelihood up in smoke. Hopefully, witnesses and CCTV will shed some light and the offenders will learn.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Humberside Police.
Thief caught on camera breaking into farm
In another incident, a thief has been caught on camera breaking into a farm container in Bolton and stealing valuable equipment – just weeks after the farm was targeted before.
A masked man was seen entering a storage unit on Smithhills Open Farm and taking a leaf blower and some drill batteries.
This is the second theft on the farm in just four weeks after thieves previously stole a collection of drills in three separate trips on the same day.
It is estimated that the value of the tools stolen in both raids is around £1,500.
A spokesperson for the farm told The Bolton News that “we have been really busy getting the grass and the wheat on the field and we have a big workshop and that was left open”.
“This lad must have been watching what was happening from the dark.
He literally ran straight into the container and grabbed an armful of drill batteries and took a leaf blower on the way out.
“Only four weeks ago, at least two people came and took drills and a grinder three times in the same day.
“The leaf blower was worth £250 on its own and items that have been stolen have a value of around £1,500.
“They are all goods that will have to be replaced.”