Appeal after big corn fire

PUBLISHED: 13:02 11 August 2010

POLICE have launched an arson investigation after a blaze tore through about 35 acres of standing wheat.

Officers say it was reported that two young boys were seen in the area near to the fire in New Road, Horton Kirby, at 1pm on Monday. They would like to speak to the boys immediately as they may have vital information that could help with inquiries.

One of the boys was wearing a black top, the other shorts, a black top and colourful shoes.

The police appeal came at the same time as another from the fire service to South Darenth and Horton Kirby residents to watch they don’t start fires carelessly after a big rise in firefighter callouts to the area.

More than 40 firemen spent nearly three hours tackling the fire on Monday. Hose reels, jets and beaters were used and although flames crept near a railway embankment firefighters stopped them getting nearer than five metres of the track which could have hit train services.

Anyone with information has beenasked to call 01732 379217 ref number 11391 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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