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Police investigating 'series of arsons' in Hoxne after crews rush to extinguish blazes at farm on consecutive nights

Police are investigating two incidents as suspected arson attacks after fire crews were deployed to a farm on two consecutive nights following reports of a chicken shed ablaze.

The fires, which began shortly after midnight on both nights, took place in a derelict chicken shed at Nine Oaks Poultry Farm on Green Street in Hoxne.

The first incident, which saw eight crews mobilised, led to the collapse of the building's roof, with personnel remaining onsite until 3am to dampen down the remains of the building.

Fire crews were called to the same farm two nights running.
Fire crews were called to the same farm two nights running.

In the second incident, four crews from Harleston Stradbroke and Diss were called to deal with a fire within the remnants of the shed which had burned down the previous night.

The scene was brought under control and dampened down, with the fire service leaving the scene at 3.22am.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire said: "Nine pumps were initially mobilised, with five of those later stood down. Upon arrival, they found an asbestos roof panel burning contained within the remains of the shed which had burnt down the previous night.

"Police were called to the scene and the cause of the fire is being looked at."

When contacted about the incident, a police spokesman said: "Police were called to a fire at a property on Green Street in Hoxne early this morning at about 1.24am. The unused farm outbuilding has been fully involved in a fire following a series of recent arsons in the immediate area."

No people or animals were injured in either fire.

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