Police officers investigating a suspected arson and theft from a barn in North Dorset are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
They are also releasing an image of a set of ladders that was stolen during the incident at a barn in the area of Gascoigne’s Lane, south of Shaftesbury, on the night of Monday 2 December 2019.
Dorset Police received a report at 11.43pm of a shed on fire. Officers attended the scene, along with the fire service, and it was established that the cause of the fire was believed to be suspicious.
It was also reported that a number of items were believed to have been stolen from inside the barn, which was completely destroyed by the fire.
Police Constable Richard Cooke, of North Dorset police, said: ‘We have been continuing to make enquiries into this incident and I have now obtained an image of a set of ladders, which are the only items the victim can definitively confirm were taken due to the amount of damage caused to the property. The ladders are marked with a serial number ‘570122’ on the side.
‘I would urge anyone who comes across these ladders for sale or has any information about the incident to please contact us.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190189901. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.