Arsonists have struck two farms near York
5:09pm 20th December 2010
(Updated 5:13pm 20th December 2010)
Arsonists have struck two farms near York.
Both incident happened yesterday (Sunday 19th December 2010) a short time apart at Hessay and Long Marston.
The fire at Hessay was reported by the Fire and Rescue Service at just after 10.45pm following their attendance at a fire of a Dutch barn on New Road in the village, containing around 200 straw bales. The barn and straw were destroyed as a result of the blaze.
The second fire occurred at a hay clamp on Atterwith Lane 200 yards from Tockwith Road near Long Marston at approximately 11.40pm. The farmer managed to extinguish the fire before police officers arrived.
The fires caused damage valued at several thousands of pounds.
Prior to both incidents a silver vehicle, possibly a Land Rover Discovery, had been seen in the area.
Detective Constable Sarah Bullock, of York CID, said:
"I am appealing to the driver of the silver vehicle to contact me as I believe they have vital information that can help with this enquiry.
"I urge them or anyone else who knows anything about these fires to contact me as soon as possible."
Anyone who can assist the enquiry should contact DC Sarah Bullock at York CID on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100216999.
Or they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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