Reward offered after Shaftesbury barn fire

Police in Shaftesbury are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a barn was set alight in the Motcombe area – with the barn’s owner offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

At around 7am on Saturday, 8 October 2011, police were advised of a malicious barn fire at Whitehouse Farm. Significant damage was caused to the barn, as well as the straw bales that were contained inside.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service personnel made the scene safe.

No-one was injured.

Police Constable Steve Coleman, of Shaftesbury police, said: "This was a very dangerous and reckless attack that could have resulted in a far worse outcome. Needless to say, the cost and inconvenience to the victim is very upsetting.

"Anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone who saw any suspicious activity in or around Whitehouse Farm between 5am and 7.30am, should contact police as soon as possible."

The barn’s owner Phyllis Ring is offering a £500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 8:116. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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