'Deliberate fire' destroys East Sussex woodland

Several acres of East Sussex woodland has been destroyed by fire which police believe was started by flytippers setting light to waste.

About 50 firefighters spent at least three hours tackling a fire which started Limekiln Wood at Boarshead, near Crowborough, at about 0050 BST.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said crews used engines and four-by-four vehicles to extinguish the flames.

A spokeswoman said crews continued damping down later on Thursday morning.

Sussex Police Insp Andy Eggleton said: "Thousands of pounds worth of pine and beech trees have been destroyed as a result of the fire.

"We believe the cause was deliberate ignition of fly-tipping waste.

"I would urge anyone who has information as to who may be responsible for this mindless criminal act to please get in touch."

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