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Protect straw bales from arsonists warns the CLA

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Suffolk farmers are being urged by the CLA to take precautionary measures during harvest and beyond in order to reduce their chances of being a victim of arsonists.

The call comes after police appealed for witnesses following an incident in Acton that saw numerous bales set alight in a field in Newman’s Green last Friday (22).

Straw stacks are typically targeted during July and October, and these fires cost farming businesses thousands of pounds – as well as causing huge disruption to rural communities and motorists.

CLA Eastern Regional Surveyor Claire Wright said: “Deliberate straw stack fires destroy important material used in arable and livestock farming, as well as a valuable renewable energy source – it’s not just a by-product.

“These fires can spread rapidly threatening buildings, livestock, machinery, and potentially human lives.”

 

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