Probe into farm blaze

NBEN Police investigate after a fire at a farm in Openwoodgate early on Wednesday morning.
NBEN Police investigate after a fire at a farm in Openwoodgate early on Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating a fire at a farm in Belper and the theft of a JCB machine from the premises.

The blaze, at Hill Top Farm, Openwood Road, Openwoodgate, was reported to the emergency services just after 6am on Tuesday.

NBEN Police investigate after a fire at a farm in Openwoodgate early on Wednesday morning.

NBEN Police investigate after a fire at a farm in Openwoodgate early on Wednesday morning.

It is being treated as suspicious and a joint police and fire investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.

The blaze involved a house and a garage.

The alarm was raised at 6.10am.

Fire crews from Belper, Duffield, Ripley and Crich were called.

A JCB was also stolen from the premises and police are appealing to anyone who saw it being driven away.

If anyone saw a JCB in the Belper area early on Wednesday morning they should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.