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Suspicious fire near crops at East Lothian farm

Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire at an East Lothian farm.

The incident happened in Athelstaneford just after 21:00 on Friday.

A grass verge next to a wheat field was set alight, resulting in the flames spreading to an area of about 30-40m squared.

Initially, police had said it had caused £100,000 worth of damage to crops but later said the crops had not been damaged.

Police want to find a large group of teenagers, aged between 16 and 19, who were seen in the area before it broke out.

No-one was hurt.

PC Craig Purves, of Police Scotland, said: "While no-one was injured as a result of this fire, the financial impact on the farm could have been devastating if the crops had been destroyed.

"We would urge anyone who can help us trace those responsible for this reckless act to contact police immediately.

"In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation should also get in touch."

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