Firebugs who torched a farmer’s barn, causing £30,000 of damage, are being hunted by police.

The blaze, which police are treating as arson, was the second time the barn had burnt down in the past two years.

It is thought to have started sometime between 11pm and 11.45pm on Tuesday (31 January) at a farm between Sheriff Hutton and Strensall, in York.

The barn was full of straw at the time and both the contents and its wooden frame were gutted.

PC Jonathan Harrison, of North Yorkshire Police’s Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, told The Press he suspected the fire was started deliberately.

“I believe this fire was started deliberately, as this is not the first time the farmer has been a victim of this type of crime,” said PC Harrison.

“The barn that was burnt down replaced another one, also destroyed by fire a couple of years ago.”

Officers believe that due to the remote location of the farm the offenders may have used a vehicle to make their getaway.

PC Harrison added: “There are no witnesses to how the fire started. However, I am hoping that someone may have noticed a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner around midnight on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Anyone who has information on the incident is asked to contact Thirsk police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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