A fire at a farm in Leicestershire has caused up to £500,000 worth of damage after it tore through four barns, destroying machinery and tonnes of fertiliser.

Dozens of fire fighters were called to the farm at Lindridge Lane in Desford at about 11pm on Saturday (22 October).

More crews were called when it was discovered more than 50 tonnes of fertiliser were on fire.

Leicestershire fire and rescue service said 10 fire engines from across the county were called to the property at the fire’s height to stop flames spreading to nearby fuel tanks.

As well as gutting the barns, more than 500 tonnes of hay and straw, farm vehicles and two vintage buses were also destroyed.

Leicestershire police said investigators had started an inquiry into the cause of the blaze.