Saturday, 18 August 2018

Teenagers arrested after barley field fire

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson in Sonning Common.

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson in Sonning Common.

A field of spring barley off Woodlands Road was set alight at about 6.30pm on Wednesday last week.

The fire caused some damage to the crop and some garden hedges nearby.

Carole Lewis, a parish councillor who lives in Woodlands Road, witnessed the incident.

She said: ?The flames were being forced towards our houses but as the wind changed direction it was the houses in Orchard Avenue that bore the brunt of the fire ? several garden hedges were on fire.

?Thanks to the very prompt arrival of the fire engine, plus residents with spades, hoses and buckets of water, things were under control and the firemen then ran long hoses from the main road to dampen things down. There was a large police presence too. We are so grateful for this help ? the fire was travelling so fast that there could easily have been loss of life and property.?

The field is owned by Patricia Pelly, of Bishopswood Farm in Gallowstree Common. Her son Richard Pelly, who runs the farm, said: ?Only a little bit of the crop was damaged.?

Two boys, aged 15 and 16 and from Sonning Common, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson. The 16-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis or cannabis resin. The pair were released on bail until August 30.

Anyone with any information should call Thames Valley Police on 101.

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