Video: Fly-tippers blamed as barley crop goes up in smoke

A Suffolk farmer has been inundated with messages of support after a field fire consumed 14ha of barley.

Fly-tippers burning rubbish in a field gateway are believed to have caused the fire which destroyed the standing crop on Wednesday (17 July).

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The burning rubbish is believed to have ignited the barley which then spread rapidly at Foxhall, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Dan Kiddy, farm manager for William Kerr Farms, praised neighbouring Home Farm Nacton which had a plough available to create a firebreak – preventing the fire from spreading further.

Some 14ha of barley were lost – but 2ha were saved, said Mr Kiddy.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service posted pictures showing the scale of the incident that confronted its firefighters arriving at the scene.

At its peak, 19 fire crews worked under extremely challenging conditions to bring the incident under control.

Well-wishers such as Gordon Cummings praised everyone who fought the blaze.

Local resident Charmian Berry said she hoped the person who started the fire was caught

Andrew Diver suggested the fly-tippers started the fire after finding the local recycling centre was closed.


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