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Joyriders or poachers torch car at beauty sport
6:00am Thursday 2nd January 2014 in News
SUSPECTED joyriders or poachers torched a car after getting trapped in a field at a Hampshire beauty spot.
Firefighters doused the flames that wrecked the stolen 4x4 dumped by a hedge at Cheesefoot Head on the A272 near Winchester.
Crew manager Vince Barnes of Winchester Fire Station, said: “It was definitely arson. They could have been up there hare coursing and then couldn’t get back out.”
Landowner Peveril Bruce, of Matterley Estate, said: “They were up to no good cruising around my farm. They tried to get out at the top corner and hit the bank and hedge and got stuck, so they set fire to it to remove as much evidence as they could.
“Hare coursing is usually in the day but they could have been after deer.
“It is my responsibility to get rid of it as it is on private land.
We will put it in a skip and it will go to scrap. It’s irritating; they have driven over crops without giving it a moment’s thought,”
added Mr Bruce.
He said the police had told him they had made no arrests.
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