Warning after ‘suspicious’ fires tear through farms

Farmers have been warned to be vigilant after suspicious fires caused thousands of pounds-worth of damage on two farms in Gwynedd in one week.

A fire at Lodge Uchaf Trallwyn, Pencaenewydd, last Tuesday (19 January) tore through a £12,000 hayshed, a JCB, trailers and 20t of straw bales.

A day later, a second fire 10 miles away at Myfyr Mawr Farm, Lleyn, gutted a shed and destroyed a tractor and hay bales.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales said police were investigating the fires and warned famers to report any suspicious activity.

“This is a cause for concern for a great number of farmers in the area,” Gwynedd Watkin, FUW county officer, told the BBC.

Because the farmhouse was often a distance from farm buildings it made them “easy targets” for anyone intent on causing damage, he said.

“There are also fewer people around in rural areas to keep an eye on what is going on.”

While North Wales Police had not confirmed the fires were started deliberately, Mr Watkin said it was vital everyone kept an eye out for would-be arsonists.

The police have appealed for anyone who saw any suspicious activity or vehicles near the farms to contact them on 0845 6071002.