Posted on 24th August 2017
Our officers are appealing for information following two arsons at farms in Derbyshire.
The first is a barn fire that occurred at approximately 11pm on Sunday, August 6. The location for the fire is a farm off of Friden Road in Middleton-by-Youlgrave.
Extensive damage was caused to the barn. A number of silage bails were also slashed with a sharp implement. A car at the property was subject to extensive criminal damage.
The CEX festival was taking place nearby at the time of the fire and a witness has mentioned seeing either a red or white colored Ford Fiesta, possibly a year 2000 model, parked near the property, with the engine running and two people inside at the time of the fire.
PC James Bowler from Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone that has any information with regards to the sighting of the vehicle or if they are aware of any other suspicious people or vehicles at or near the location around the time of the fire.”
The second report that we are investigating is the deliberate ignition of 15 tons of bail straw that were located next to a barn by a public footpath at the top of Dark Lane in Alport. The fire has caused scorching to the exterior of the barn. This is believed to have taken place between 8.15pm and 8.30pm on Friday, August 18.
PC Bowler continued: “We are appealing for information from anyone that may have been using the footpath around the time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or that could help us to identify who may be responsible.
“At this stage it is unclear whether the fires are connected, but we would however like to take this opportunity to advise members of our rural community to be vigilant in respect of the recent reports due to the property that has been targeted.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC James Bowler on 101 quoting reference number 17000336926/17000354912.
Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.