Fury as firebugs set fire to hay giant

Vandal target: 20ft high scarecrow which has now been torched
Vandal target: 20ft high scarecrow which has now been torched

The yobs responsible for two deliberate fires in a Fleetwood field have today been branded “malicious” by emergency services who condemned their actions.

Firefighters and police were called out twice in the space of two hours after motorists reported smoke from a nearby field blowing across Amounderness Way.

A stack of hay bales, which had been fashioned into a “smiling”figure for the recent Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival, were torched twice on Saturday evening.

It follows similar arson attacks on two other scarecrows put up as part of the festival back in July.

Dismayed residents blasted the “dangerous” act after police launched an investigation into the blazes.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “You begin to wonder what these people will set fire to next.”

“It didn’t spread but there is always that potential with fire and it can have very dire consequences in some cases.

“The act of setting fire deliberately to something is bound to be seen as malicious and potentially dangerous.”

Emergency services were called out to the field, on the corner of Rossall Lane and Amounderness Way, at 9.40pm and again at 11.40pm on Saturday.

PC Vicky Merrill said it was not the first time this type of thing had happened.

She added: “There were a few destroyed by fire a couple of months ago.

“We are appealing for anyone with information about these incidents on Saturday to get in touch.”

Posting on Facebook, Penny Holden wrote: “Very sad and potentially very dangerous if the fire had spread to houses or stables.”

Vicky Crayston wrote: “I loved that scarecrow makes me chuckle on way to work in Fleetwood.”

Hilary Grassie added: “What is the point? I really can’t understand the mentality of some people.”

Police are now appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at around those times to get in touch.

Anyone with information should call Fleetwood police station on (01253) 604911 and leave a message