65 pigs perish in suspected arson attack

Dozens of pigs have died in a suspected arson attack on a farm building in South Yorkshire. Firefighters were called to Bleach Croft Farm off Barnsley Road in Cudworth on Tuesday evening.
South Yorkshire Police said they understood “around 65 pigs died”, leaving the farmer ‘extremely distressed’. The barn where the pigs were being housed was also extensively damaged in the blaze.
Officers are currently working with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to investigate the incident, which is currently being treated as suspected arson.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro said: “I would like to offer my reassurance that a full investigation is now ongoing and we are working in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry
“At this time the incident is currently being treated as arson and I would encourage anyone who may have any information to please report it. This incident has caused extreme distress to the farmer owner and we are committed to establishing the exact circumstances.”
Anyone with information is asked to report it via 101 quoting incident number 861 of May 15. Anonymous information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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