An investigation is under way after £1m of damage was caused by five barn fires on Sussex farms.

Firefighters were called to burning barns in Fletching, near Uckfield, Newick, near Lewes, and Cuckfield and Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath, last night (11 August).

Crews from across East and West Sussex were called out to help deal with the blazes, which broke out within hours of each other.

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The Fletchling fires started in two barns on Mill Lane, owned by farmer John Randall, according to local resident, James Tiplady.

“I was roused by the sound of fireworks at about 11.35 which turned out to be the asbestos roof panels burning on the barn nearest to my house.”

The blazes started between 11.20pm and 11.40pm on Tuesday and burned through the night. More than five fire crews were called out to deal with the fires, he said

The barns contained bales and farm equipment, and according to the farmer damage was estimated at £1m, he added.

“There is no question that they were started deliberately.”