Ar­son sus­pected


Sunday Sun - - News - By Michael Mun­caster michael.mun­[email protected]­i­tymir­

Re­porter SIL­HOU­ET­TED against roar­ing flames, a fire­fighter tack­les a sus­pected ar­son at­tack which left a North farmer dev­as­tated.

Help­less David Walker, 65, looked on in horror as 400 bales of straw, a trac­tor, trailer, fer­tiliser spreader and a grain bin were de­stroyed in the blaze.

Dozens of fire­fight­ers took more than 24 hours to dis­tin­guish the fire at Sat­ley Farm, Sat­ley, near Lanch­ester, in County Durham on Wed­nes­day.

The blaze was only feet away from a barn con­tain­ing cat­tle.

Mr Walker said: “It has had a dras­tic im­pact on us. We are all ab­so­lutely gut­ted.

“We’ve never had any­thing like this hap­pen to us be­fore and it’s been dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend.”

The farm has been in Mr Walker’s fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions af­ter his great­grand­fa­ther started it in 1880.

Mr Walker said: “It will take a while but we will build it back up, we will

keep go­ing, we have to for my son and grand­chil­dren.

“My grand­daugh­ter who is 14 and grand­son who is two al­ready love any­thing to do with farm­ing.”

Durham Con­stab­u­lary has now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sus­pected ar­son at­tack.

A spokesman said: “Hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds worth of dam­age has been caused.

“This is some­body’s liveli­hood which has gone up in flames.

“We would en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion in re­gards to the fire or who saw any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in the area at the time to con­tact po­lice.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Durham Con­stab­u­lary on 101 quot­ing the in­ci­dent num­ber 455 of Novem­ber 22 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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