AN 18-YEAR-OLD has been arrested following a spate of barn and hay bale fires.

A series of fires were deliberately set targeting roadside barns and hay bale stocks at farms in Beddingham, Alfriston, Tarring Neville and Litlington.

The incidents happened between November 2 and 7 last year.

A man was arrested on Saturday, January 8, on suspicion of committing arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

The 18-year-old has been interviewed and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Jon Attfield, from the Rural Crime Team, said: "This is a highly destructive crime that impacts our farming community and livestock supplies.

"Our investigation continues, and we are again appealing for witnesses to any suspicious activity seen in the Beddingham, Litlington, Alfriston and Tarring Neville areas from November 2 to 9 last year."

The Argus: Large barn fire on A26 on November 2, 2021Large barn fire on A26 on November 2, 2021

The arrest was carried out by Sussex Police's Rural Crime Team, who have been investigating the fires in Lewes and Wealden.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 244 of 07/11.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.