Arson attack after break-in at farmhouse

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ARSONISTS torched a derelict farmhouse after setting fire to rubbish and furniture.

Firefighters from Rainton Bridge and Farringdon stations were called to Hetton Moor House in Easington Lane at 6.45pm yesterday following reports of the blaze.

Vandals smashed their way into the derelict building through windows before setting fire to a section of the ground floor.

Watch manager Aidan Crawley, from Rainton Bridge fire station, said: “When we arrived the building was well alight and we spent 45 minutes bringing the fire under control.

“There have been problems at this particular property before.”