Damage worth a low four-figure sum has been caused by a deliberate fire at a farm in Aberdeenshire.
Emergency services were called to Mains of Woodstone Farm in the St Cyrus area at around 8pm last night. Several hay bales had been set alight.
Constable Hannah Sproat, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to please get in touch. In particular we would like to speak to four teenagers, aged around 15/16-years-old, who were seen in the area around the time in question and could assist with our inquiries.
“The farm is near the A92 so I would also urge any drivers who may have been in the area and saw anyone or anything suspicious to let us know.
“Thankfully no one was hurt as a result of this incident however it goes without saying that the outcome could have been much worse, even fatal.
“Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”