A hay bale fire is being treated as arson with police looking to identify the landowners.

Fire crews were called to a large stack of hay bales alight close to Winter Lane in West Hanney last night (Sunday, April 21) at around 11pm.

Police closed the road in both direction as firefighters monitored the blaze throughout the night so it was a “controlled burn”.

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The force has now confirmed it has launched an investigation into the incident treating it as arson.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Police have been made aware of an arson involving Hay Bales off Winter Lane in West Hanney.

Oxford Mail: Police at the scene Police at the scene (Image: Thames Valley Police)“At the moment we are looking to identify the land owner and any possible witnesses or CCTV.

“Please update us if you have anything. The crime reference number is 43240183422.”