Fire destroys £100,000 of crops on farm

31 July 2018, 10:37

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A farm has been left devastated by a fire that destroyed crops worth more than £100,000.

Police said a grass verge was set alight in Athelstaneford, East Lothian, with the flames spreading to a wheatfield covering an area around 40 square metres.

The incident happened at around 9pm on Friday and, while no-one was injured, officers said the financial impact on the farm is "likely to be devastating".

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and want to trace a large group of teenagers, aged between 16 and 19, who were seen in the area before it broke out.

Constable Craig Purves said: "While no-one was injured as a result of this fire, the financial impact on the farm is likely to be devastating.

"We would urge anyone who can help us trace those responsible for this reckless act to contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation should also get in touch."