Car driven into straw stack causing blaze near Chatteris
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Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a 400-tonne straw stack in the Fens.
They say officers were called after a vehicle was driven into the bales in a field near Chatteris and set alight this morning. Bedding worth £17,000 was destroyed in the blaze.
The fire is the second blaze to be caused by a car being driven into a stack within a few weeks in north Cambridgeshire.
On Monday, September 25, a large pile of bales next to the A142 at Mepal was set alight after what was described as a 'small car' was driven into them. The fire burned for 12 hours.
Firefighters say farmers should not build stacks near roads or public footpaths. They also recommend building a number of smaller stacks, to reduce the risk of losing an entire year's crop in the event of an arson attack.
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Farmers are also advised to avoid stacking bales near buildings with livestock inside so if a fire starts animals are not endangered.
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