Bales on fire at farm

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MORE than a dozen bales of straw were destroyed by fire.

Firefighters from Peterlee and Wheatley Hill used beaters, pitchforks and water to put out the blaze at Low Grange Farm, near Wheatley Hill.

The crews were alerted to the incident, which was close to the A181 road, just before 2.30pm yesterday.

It took about two hours to extinguish the fire and stop it from spreading to a more valuable field of rape seed.