Police investigating deliberate fires in fields outside Inverness

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Firefighters were called twice in one night to attend fires in the Knocknagael area

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Police Scotland is investigating three fires which appear to have been deliberately started in the Knocknagael area of Inverness. 

On the evenings of 24 and 25 November 2015, emergency services received reports of bales of hay having been set alight in fields in the Knocknagael area, outside Inverness.

Due to these calls Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called out three times to deal with incidents involving hay bales on fire.

Fire crews were first called to a hale bale on fire on 24 November at 7.20pm. It was extinguished using knap sack sprayers. Then at 9.15pm on the same night crews extinguished another single bale on fire using a Honda pump and a main jet and knap sack sprayers. And finally at 8.56pm yesterday, firefighters used knap sack sprayers to extinguish a hay bale on fire in the same area. Each time an appliance from Inverness was called to the scene.

A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Deliberate fires draw resources from the city which could mean a delay in our attendance at potentially life-threatening incidents.

"We will work with our Police Scotland colleagues to ensure each incident is fully investigated, intelligence is gathered and that perpetrators are caught.

If anyone has any information about the incident they are encouraged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

No personal details are taken information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.