1. ITV Report

Police suspect arson after barn blaze near Sturminster Newton

Police are appealing for witnesses following a barn fire in North Dorset. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spent Sunday night tackling the blaze which broke out in Marnhull near Sturminster Newton.

The barn was full of hay bales but firefighters managed to stop it from spreading. They're urging locals to keep their doors and windows shut because of all the smoke.

Detectives are working with the fire service to establish what caused the blaze. They're considering the possibility it may have been arson.

“We are continuing to liaise with the fire service to establish the cause of the fire, which is currently unexplained.

“We are considering the possibility that the fire may have been started deliberately and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last night or who has any information that may assist our investigation to please contact Dorset Police.”

– Detective Sergeant Tom Hall, Dorset Police