UPDATE: Barn blaze being treated as arson

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a barn in Smalley was destroyed in a fire that police believe was started deliberately.

The fire started in a farm building off Main Road, close to Smalley crossroads, at about 7.50pm on Wednesday, September 3.

The barn, which contained hay, took several hours for firefighters to bring under control.

A silver van was also destroyed in the incident, which led to the closure of the road at about 9pm on Wednesday night.

A joint investigation was held by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and police, and officers believe the blaze was started deliberately.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area during the evening before the fire.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 37145/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.