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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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VIDEO: Suspected arson attack causes damage to 140 bales

Pink Pig Farm in Scunthorpe has been subjected to two alleged arson attacks over the course of lockdown.

Some 140 straw bales worth approximately £10,000 were set alight in the most recent incident on Friday night (February 26th).

A group of youths were reportedly seen on Pink Pig Farm before the large blaze broke out.

Sally Jackson of Pink Pig Farm told Grimsby Live that the fire could “easily” have led to “people getting seriously hurt”.

“We were very lucky in that it was wet and not windy that night. Otherwise, the fire could have quickly spread,” Sally said.

“Our pigs were around 100m away. It would have only taken a bit of dry tinder for them to be in danger.”

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“We’ve been told that there were a number of teenage boys on the bales shortly before the fire started. We have been given several names which we have passed along to police. They are looking into the cause now.”

Investigations and re-opening 

Humberside Police has confirmed that investigating the reported arson attack after they attended the scene.

Officers have been following up several lines of enquiry to determine those responsible for the alleged arson attack.

Sally confirmed that the recent incident has not hindered plans to re-open Pink Pig Farm on April 12th, 2021.

300 tonnes of hay and farming equipment destroyed

Meanwhile, firefighters attended the scene of a large fire that broke out on a farm in Somerset last month.

Some 300 tonnes of hay and farm equipment were destroyed by the fire on Friday, February 19th, according to a spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

In a statement, the spokesperson said: “Fire control have received multiple calls reporting a barn on fire. Currently, crews are on scene from Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington as well as the water carrier from Bridgwater dealing with this incident.”

The spokesperson provided a further update: “6 fire engines are now in attendance at this fire with the additional fire engines coming from Wellington, Ilminster and Bridgwater as well as the incident support unit from Yeovil and a 4 by 4 vehicle.”

The incident is was under control, appliances were scaled back and a crew remained at the scene for a period.

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