Cornwall

Crantock Bale Push: Torched straw man rebuilt

Bale man Image copyright Crantock Bale Push
Image caption Following the blaze, a fire extinguisher has been added to the new figure

A giant straw man which was destroyed in a suspected arson attack has been rebuilt by volunteers.

The man and a dog, which were created for the Crantock Bale Push in Cornwall, were set alight early on Saturday, organisers said.

A fire extinguisher has been added to the new figure which stands next to the A3075 near Newquay.

The charity event is due to go ahead on Friday. Organiser Rick Hopkins said he was "blown away" by the support.

He added that volunteers did not have time to also rebuild the dog.

The event sees teams of four push circular bales over a quarter of a mile (400m) course through the village of Crantock. More than 100 teams took part in 2013.

The event started in 2000 and more than £70,000 has been raised for 40 charities since it began.

Image copyright Crantock Bale Push
Image caption The original Baley the Bale Man and Baley the Bale Dog were advertising the charity event

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