Braunton barn fire is arson

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 8:09pm

By Paul Nero

Police need witnesses

A fire on Tuesday afternoon at Braunton Great Field in North Devon in which a barn and its contents were completely destroyed is being treated as arson.

Devon and Cornwall Police detective constable Bradley Stow said: “The incident happened in the middle of the afternoon at around 2.30pm so we expect there may be witnesses to this crime. Thankfully no one was injured in the fire, however, this is the third incident of this nature to happen in the area and although we cannot rule that they are linked, the incidents are concerning.

“We are urging people to be vigilant and stay alert in the countryside following the spate. Fires that are caused deliberately or carelessly can have devastating effects on the environment and endanger people’s lives and homes.

“We are asking anyone with information to contact us via 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting CR/059251/20.”

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