Bales bring a threat of arson



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The combines have started rolling across Fenland as the cereal harvest begins in earnest – the grain is rapidly coming into store and the straw is being baled and stacked.

The summer and harvest period are exceptionally busy times on farms, but this is the time when everyone needs to be aware of the increased chance of arson. Historically, between July and October, incidents of deliberate stack fires increase with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue statistics showing that there were 17 last year – an increase of five compared with 2012 to 2013.

Deliberate straw stack fires destroy important material used in both arable and livestock farming – it’s not just a by-product of the cereal crop and bales can be worth thousands of pounds.


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