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Two 14-year-olds caught attempting to set fire to hay bale inside baler

Two 14-year-old boys have been caught attempting to set fire to a bale of hay while it was still inside a baler attached to a tractor.

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PC Andrew Shaw of Derbyshire Rural Crime Team took to social media to highlight the incident which took place on Saturday (July 14) in the Hudlow area.

 

He said: “Setting light to a bale is never a good idea but when that bale is still in the baler and that baler is attached to a tractor it demonstrates another level of irresponsibility.

 

“Luckily a member of the public spotted them in the act and the fire was extinguished before any real damage was done.

 

 

“The two involved have been spoken to in front of their parents. It is clear their summer is over before it has begun. The matter is now being dealt with by us.

 

“With the holidays approaching please remind your kids not to be daft and explain how a moment of madness can impact the rest of their lives.

 

“The two involved, in this instance, are of good character and their parents are shocked and hugely upset by their actions. You may think ‘my kids wouldn’t do a thing like that’. You may be right but a gentle reminder doesn’t hurt.”


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The post has been shared over 400 times and has sparked a number of comments.

 

Kozzy Bird wrote: “That could have destroyed a livelihood! Hay is like gold now. They should be made to put back into the community or help on that farm. Sad thing these days is policing isn’t done by old school officers and parenting is seldom done by parents who can take constructive criticism.”

 

James ’Goose’ Walker posted: “Spoken to in front of their parents? How about they were made to work on the farm chucking small bales about for the season for free to appreciate hard work involved?”

 

The incident comes as concerns have rocketed over a surge in farm and crop fires as the blistering heatwave showed no sign of letting up.

Beef and arable farmers Andrew and Diane Hollinshead, Sandbach, Cheshire, experienced a major blow to their three-hectare field on July 8 when it caught fire from a spark off the combine.

 

Mr Hollinshead put it down to the bearing in the combine getting too hot.

 

He said: “We came out the field with the combine because we saw some smoke. While we were sorting that out the corn sparked at the other end of the field where we were combining.

 

“As soon as we managed to put it out it was sparking up again. We were trying to keep it away from the uncombined corn, but it wiped it all out.”

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