Suspected arson attack destroys 200 tonnes of straw bales near Hunmanby

Several hundred tonnes of straw bales have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Friday, 15th October 2021, 1:49 pm
Updated Friday, 15th October 2021, 1:52 pm
Police suspect approximately 200 tonnes of straw bales were deliberately set on fire. (Photo: Humberside Police)

Police said approximately 200 tonnes of bales were set alight between Wold Newton and Thwing in the early hours of Thursday, October 14.

Officers said they believe the straw bales were deliberately set on fire.

The latest price per tonne from the British Hay and Straw Merchants Association suggests up to £9,400 worth of bales could have been destroyed.

Farmers and residents in the rural community are being asked to remain extra vigilant around straw bales.

A police spokesperson said: "These incidents not only involve great risk to landowners, farmers and fire and rescue services who attend, but also result in huge financial impact.

"Please report any suspicious activity to police on 999 for any incidents in progress or 101 for non-emergency incidents."