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Selby Police Appeal for Help After £30,000 Barn Fire

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3:14pm 9th April 2013

Detectives in Selby are appealing for information following an act of arson near the town.

It was reported shortly after 12.30am on Tuesday 9 April 2013, on York Road, North Duffield, when a barn fire was spotted by a member of the public.

The blaze completely destroyed the barn, which was near other buildings housing livestock. The value of the damage is estimated to be in excess of £30,000.

Detective Constable Amanda Bostwick, of Selby CID, said: “Setting barns full of hay or straw alight is not only illegal, it is extremely foolish and dangerous.

“The fire could easily have spread to other farm buildings, which would have put animals in danger of suffering horrific injuries or even death.

“If you know anyone involved in this idiotic and criminal behaviour, I urge you to come forward and contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”

DC Bostwick added: “I know that there was another fire at Seaton Ross in the Humberside area, at around the same time. I am working with them to establish if there are any links between the two incidents.”

Anyone who can help the police with this investigation should contact Selby CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Amanda Bostwick. Alternatively information can be emailed to amanda.bostwick@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

People should also contact North Yorkshire Police if they know of anyone else involved with this type of crime, by calling 101, choosing option 1 and passing the information to the Force Control Room.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12130055900.

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