North Lincolnshire

Some 140 hay bales worth around £10,000 used to keep pigs warm at night were destroyed in an alleged arson attack at a farm attraction in Scunthorpe.

The owner of The Pink Pig Farm Sally Jackson went to the site on Holme Lane where there are around 400 pigs and piglets, after being alerted to the fire at around 6.15pm on Friday, February 26.

Humberside Police said they are investigating the reported arson after they attended the scene. The officers have been following up a number of lines of enquiry to determine those responsible.

Due to its location the fire was allowed to burn out under the supervision of the farmer. Fortunately, no animals or people were injured.

This is the second suspected arson at the farm during lockdown after another incident last year.

Sally told The Lincolnite: “It was a big blaze around the height of up to the eaves of a two-storey house.

“The fire brigade came down and monitored the blaze to make sure it wasn’t going to spread. They felt it could naturally burn out and this took a few days.

“The pigs were no more than 100 metres from the fire. They had a very lucky escape. Had it been dry and windy they could have been in real danger.

“I thought ‘not again’, it is such a worry and I honestly don’t think the teenagers know the kind of devastation it can cause. We just want to stop people doing it as arsonists get a taste for it and keep doing it until they are stopped.”

The Pink Pig farm said these photos were taken just before the fire and is urging anyone who recognises those pictured to email [email protected]

Humberside Police is urging anyone who has not yet spoken to them who may have information to call 101 quoting log number 542 of February 26.

The farmers who own the pigs now need to source more straw and the cafe continues to open for an hour a day for takeaway coffee.

Sally also thanked people for spreading the message, being proactive and raising money for the farm, with any donations being passed directly to the farmers. A fundraiser set up by Candice Priest has raised over £650 by the time of publication.

The Pink Pig Farm will reopen again fully for business on April 12, including the indoor and outdoor play areas, two cafes and the animal trail where visitors can get up close and personal to the pigs.

Booking online is essential with tickets costing £8 per person.

Sally added: “We cannot wait to see people back again. We’ve been eligible for a grant and been really careful and cut our overheads.”

A 32-year-old man from Scunthorpe has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for assaulting a police officer.

Officers detained David Wilson in Bridlington, Yorkshire when they received reports of a man stealing items from a shop on the Promenade.

Wilson resisted arrest and attacked one of the police officers, causing serious injury.

David Wilson, of Cliff Street Scunthorpe, was ordered to pay £190 in charges after admitting to causing actual bodily harm to an emergency worker.

He was sentenced on Wednesday, February 24 after pleading guilty to his charges at Hull Crown Court.

Chief Constable Lee Freeman said: “I want to make it clear that any assault of this kind on anyone will not be tolerated.

“That includes our officers, staff and other emergency workers who by the nature of their work expose themselves to increased risks every day to ensure the public are kept safe.

“Police officers are there to protect the public and while they will always run towards danger as part of their duty and service to keep people safe, they should not have to endure or experience any form of violence.”

“We will never tolerate the actions of anyone who thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable and will always look to take action and seek prosecution for those individuals who commit such offences.”

Another Lincolnshire man was jailed on Friday for running down a police officer, leaving her with serious brain juries.

Police have released a renewed appeal to find two violent burglars in Scunthorpe who left a man with life changing injuries in 2018.

At just after 8pm on April 16, 2018, a 42-year-old man was attacked and robbed by two people on Stockshill Road in the town.

The victim was left with severe injuries to his arm, as well as losing sight in his right eye, and was hospitalised for 11 months as a result of the incident.

After extensive enquiries, a man was arrested and charged for the offence, but two other men are still at large.

They were captured on CCTV at the time of the incident and officers are asking for the public’s assistance to identify them.

The victim, whose identity has been kept anonymous for safety reasons, said: “What happened that night still affects me.

“I suffer from flashbacks and depression and I am constantly looking over my shoulder.

“It’s had a huge impact on me, my life and my livelihood. I lost my sight in my right eye and I was in pot for 11 months because of injuries to my arm.”

Detective inspector Kerry Bull, leading the investigation, said: “This was a particularly nasty assault and while these kind of incidents are rare, we know the impact it they can have on victims and the wider community, which is why we are determined to do all we can to find all of those people responsible.”

“Through our enquiries so far, one man was charged with the offence, however we still have two suspects that we need to appeal for help to identify.

“We continue to believe that those involved in the incident may have links to both Devon and Cornwall and we’re hopeful that by re-releasing these images we may reach people who have not previously seen our appeals.”

If you can help or recognise the two people in the pictures, call 101 and quote incident number 16/43406/18.

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