Arsonists have struck for the 11th time in four months at a Leicestershire beef farm.

Grange Farm, East Farndon, which is run by John Hargreaves, has lost three tractors, a feed store and hundreds of tonnes of straw in the fires. In this latest attack, over Christmas, firefighters had to drag tonnes of burning straw away from the farm’s 100 penned cattle as the flames drew close to their housing.

Mr Hargreaves is worried that the animals will suffer if the arsonists strike again and is offering a £2000 reward for information leading to a conviction. “In the most recent attack the hay was very close to the housing. I ask whoever is responsible to think of the cattle,” he said.

Special patrols

The attacks are baffling police, who have mounted special patrols on his land, without success. One suspect who was arrested has been released without charge.

Anyone with information on the attacks should contact the local police on 0116 222 2222 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.