Police and fire services in bid to tackle straw stack arson

A large stack fire of straw and oil seed rape burns in a field in Ramsey St Mary, as fire crews monitor the fire to ensure it doesn't pose a danger to nearby properties and farms. ENGEMN00120110512100945

A large stack fire of straw and oil seed rape burns in a field in Ramsey St Mary, as fire crews monitor the fire to ensure it doesn't pose a danger to nearby properties and farms. ENGEMN00120110512100945

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Police and fire services have launched a new bid to stop hay and straw stacks being set alight by arsonists across Cambridgeshire.

Operation Armitage recognises the impact straw stack fires have on farmers and local communities and is being run in conjunction with Countryside Watch and the National Farmers Union (NFU), along with Cambridgeshire police and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue.

Inspector Dick Turner from the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Rural Crime Team, said: “Straw stacks appearing at the end of harvest are the result of 12 months of hard work by farmers and are a valuable commodity.

“We are working very hard with our partners to prevent the serious offence of deliberate straw stack ignition, through education and enforcement.

“There will be operations by officers throughout the season and we will be using CCTV and other covert tactics, to ensure we reduce the opportunity for offending, and put before the courts those caught offending.”

Any suspicious activity seen around straw stacks should be reported by calling police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.