Police appeal for witnesses after Chirnside fires

Police are appealing for witnesses after two fires were started near a Berwickshire primary school last week.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 2:41 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:15 pm
Firefighters tackle the blaze.

Firefighters tackled a blaze at the Millennium Woods next to Chirnside Primary School on Thursday evening, before being called to a nearby field just an hour later where plastic netting, believed to be worth thousands of pounds, had been set alight.

Both fires are being treated as wilful, and police are keen to hear from anyone with information about either incident.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "The first fire was in a wooded area near the A6105 and the second fire took place on a farm north of Chirnside.

The fire at a farm near Chirnside.

"Both fires were extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The fires are being treated as wilful and enquiries are ongoing.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was called at 9.12pm on Thursday to reports of branches on fire at Millennium Woods in Chirnside.

A spokesperson for the service said: “Operations control immediately mobilised one appliance to the scene.

“We were again alerted at 10.16pm to reports of plastic netting on fire, in a location close to the first incident, and two appliances were immediately mobilised to the scene.

“On both occasions firefighters extinguished the fires and left after ensuring the areas were made safe. There were no reported casualties.”

Anyone with any information about either fire is asked to contact police via 101, quoting incident 3792 of April 22.