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Police investigate possible arson attack as 60 tonnes of straw found alight

It's believed that 60 tonnes of straw were set alight deliberately. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police are urging parents to remind their children of the dangers of starting fires after 60 tonnes of straw were set alight - it's thought on purpose.

Crews were called to land between Bratton Road and Lower Bratton Road in Westbury yesterday.

We are currently investigating reports that two youths, aged approximately 15-years-old were seen running from the area around the time of the blaze, in the direction of Westbury Road.

Fortunately, nobody was injured during this incident, but fires can very quickly get out of hand and could cause a huge amount of damage.

– PCSO Mat Katsande

Anyone with information should call PC Steve Porter at Warminster Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Exeter City game to go ahead despite road closures

Exeter City Football Club are reassuring fans that the team's friendly against Cardiff City this evening will be unaffected by the fire at St Sidwell Street, Exeter.

Exeter City’s friendly against Cardiff City this evening will be unaffected by the fire at St Sidwell Street, Exeter.

There are plenty alternative routes to St James Park should the roundabout off St Sidwell Street stay closed this evening. We would urge fans travelling to the game to keep up to date with the traffic information given out by police and the club and give themselves extra time to get to the ground if necessary.

– Exeter City FC

Fire could cause 24 hour delay on roads

Firefighters in Exeter have spent the night tackling a blaze at music shop in the city. It started at Richer Sounds music shop on Sidwell Street yesterday afternoon (27 July).

Roads in the nearby area remain closed this morning and delays are expected for up to 24 hours.


Smoke warning after large fire breaks out in Swindon industrial estate

Residents in Swindon are being urged to keep doors and windows closed as Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service tackles a large fire.

People living in the Thornhill Road area of South Marston are being urged to stay inside while crews tackle the blaze.

Firefighters were called to a derelict 50m x 60m industrial unit – part of the old Crown Timber site – on Thornhill Road just before 7pm this evening (12 July) and found a well developed fire.

The service says significant smoke is rising from the scene. Officers from Wiltshire Police are visiting local homes to share this advice with anyone who has concerns.

Anyone concerned that they may have been affected by the smoke should call NHS 111 or seek other medical advice.

Fire destroys town hall in Gloucestershire

Credit: ITV West Country

A town hall in Gloucestershire has been destroyed overnight by a fire.

Lechlade Memorial Hall went up in flames shortly before midnight on 8 May.

Five crews were called to attend to the fire on Oak Street. They used four jets and one hose to tackle the blaze before leaving the scene at 5.48am.

Credit: ITV West Country

No-one was injured in the blaze and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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