Police call for witnesses after spate of fires

Police are investigating a series of suspicious fires at farms in Scotland.

Six fields have been set alight at Longniddry, Haddington, Aberlady, East Linton, Tranent and Midlothian since August.

Lothian and Borders Police said the fires had “the potential to endanger lives” and have called for witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for the force told the BBC: “Officers are currently investigating whether these incidents are linked and are eager to hear from anyone with information that can help identify those responsible.

“These fires not only had the potential to endanger lives of the suspects and anyone in the immediate areas, but they have had a significant financial impact upon the farmers.

“Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in or around farmlands is asked to contact police immediately.”

NFUS vice-president John Picken said: “There is an overall crime wave in rural areas that is extremely worrying for all those who live and work in our countryside.

“Farmers are increasingly vigilant about taking measures that will deter thieves and vandals, including locking gates, securing vehicles, relocating fuel stores and keeping things under lock and key.

“It is worth all farmers considering the measures they can take to protect their property.”

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