Two giant straw bale figures at Crantock which were made to help promote a charity event were torched overnight on Saturday.
The figures of a man and his dog, created by Crantock Bale Push using large bales of straw and some wonderful cartoon art work, were both destroyed after they were set alight at around 12:15am by persons unknown.
Both characters, which stood by the A3075, were covered with signs to advertise the upcoming Big Bale Push on Friday September 12, an annual event which sees teams of four compete over a full quarter of a mile, all aiming to be the fastest to roll the straw bales through Crantock whilst raising funds for local charities. Last year over 100 teams enjoyed the challenge.
Hannah Eustice, a spokesperson from Crantock Bale Push organisation, said: “We are very sad to report that the Bale Man and Bailey Bale Dog were set alight around midnight - both have been destroyed. Those responsible diverted three police patrol cars and one fire engine from important work elsewhere and could have caused an accident on the road.”
“We are of course all very upset - but the Bale Man, and his dog, are being rebuilt as we speak, including new art work, and the event will go ahead as planned on Friday.”
A passing police car reported the incident prompting firefighters from Newquay to attend the scene.
On arrival the crews found the straw bales well alight and were able to extinguish the flames using a hose reel jet.
“It happened just a day after the straw bales were repaired having been pushed over on Friday.”, continued Hannah. “ But nothing will stop us in our aim to support these very important local and Cornish charities.”
Since the Crantock Bale Push started in 2000 it has raised more than £70,000 thousands supporting 40 different organisations.
Money from this year’s event will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, Crantock Church Roof Fund, Cubert School Football Team and Crantock Memory Café.