MARCH — Police are warning residents in the fenland area to be vigilant following two thefts of heating oil.

According to a Cambridgeshire Constabulary news release, heating oil was stolen from two tanks belonging to properties on Parsons Drove and Hostmoor Avenue between March 10-13.

A third incident occurred during the same period when thieves attempted to steal oil from a Commercial Road property.

Trevor Bracken, from the Community Safety Unit, said because a large amount of oil was taken during the thefts, it is likely a vehicle was used.

“In all the incidents the tanks have had the locks forced and I would therefore advise people to ensure their tanks are properly secured,” he said.

Anyone with information relating to these incidents or who would like further crime prevention advice may contact the Community Safety Unit on 0845 456 456 4.

Sheep set ablaze in arson attack

GRAVELEY — A flock of sheep were set alight in an arson attack that devastated part of a farm here south of Huntingdon last month.

Pictures of the scorched sheep were released last week in an effort to find those responsible for the blaze that gutted a barn and singed seven ewes, a Cambridge Constabulary news release said.

The sheep managed to escape from the burning building unhurt, but badly scorched, the news release added.

The owners of Meadow Farm on Graveley’s High Street, Christine and Ted Allgood, said: “The arson attack at our home was shocking and extremely upsetting. Not only has it destroyed thousands of pounds worth of property, it nearly killed much of our livestock,” according to the news release.

The sheep on their farm are like pets to them, they said, and they are asking anyone with information about the fire to come forward.

“If these people are allowed to set another farm, or even a home alight, those caught in the fire may not be fortunate enough to escape with their lives.”

Police Constable Paul Dear, who is investigating the cause of the fire, said the incident happened in a small village and he is sure that someone saw or heard something suspicious on Feb. 23, the night of the fire.

“If you recall seeing or hearing anything you now think may have been connected with this incident, please call us,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 0845 456 456 4, or call Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

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