Barn fire in Norfolk village being treated as arson
PUBLISHED: 13:03 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:03 26 April 2019
A farmer is calling on police to catch the people behind two arson attacks in north Norfolk.
Police are investigating a possible link between the incidents which occurred on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25.
Eight fire pumps attended a blaze at a dutch barn at RW Randell and Sons in Swanton Abbott Road, Skeyton from about 10.40pm on Thursday.
No-one at the farm wished to comment only to say: “No-one was injured and no pigs were lost.”
A Norfolk police spokesman said: “We were called by the fire service.
“It is being investigated and treated as arson. Straw was set alight. The value of the loss is not yet known.”
A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Eight pumps were there. We received a call at 10.40pm to an agricultural fire. Eight pumps attended because there was a risk that the fire might spread to a nearby piggery.
“The crews left in the early hours.”
Appliances from Aylsham, Mundesley, North Walsham, Sprowston, Stalham and Wroxham attended.
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The East of England ambulance service was also called but did not need to attend.
It comes after a suspected arson at Burgh-next-Aylsham, which is about three miles away.
About 200 tonnes of straw caught fire in a stack in The Street, at about 8pm on Wednesday.
A Norfolk police spokesman said they were investigating a possible link between the two incidents.
Fire engines from Aylsham and Wroxham were called to the blaze in Burgh-next-Aylsham shortly after 8pm in a stack near to the road.
The straw was to be used by farmer Kit Papworth as animal bedding.
Mr Papworth, managing director of LF Papworth Ltd, said: “There is very little we can do in rural communities against this. The police need to catch the people doing it.
“The fire was a waste of resources for the fire and rescue service and very disappointing for us to lose 200 tonnes of bedding in such a way.”
The fire comes at a time when rural crime is on the rise in Norfolk with a recent spate of thefts of equipment from farms.