Farmer's crop may have been destroyed by out-of-control bonfire
A bonfire set by youths is understood to have been behind a fire which destroyed a large proportion of a Meath farmer's barley crop.
It is understood Gardai believe the youths built the bonfire using wooden pallets in the field adjacent to an housing estate with timber plallets.
Its believed the wind suddenly rose and set the farmers crop on fire.
About a third of a Meath farmer's field of barley was damaged by a fire.
Late last month the crop was found to be ablaze and the alarm was raised with the local fire brigade attending the scene and putting the fire out.
The field located on Church Rd in Johnstown was planted with a crop a barley which was coming close to harvesting.
Navan Gardai are investigating the fire which they say was started in the crop in ‘suspicious circumstances’.
They have appealed to the public for help identifying any of the suspects involved.