ABOUT 300 bales of hay were set alight on a farm in Monk Bretton.

The bales had been placed on the back of a trailer at Manor Farm on Cross Street when they were set on fire at about 4.30am last Tuesday.

Crews from Cudworth and Barnsley tackled the blaze for about four hours and managed to stop it from spreading.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, but a spokesman for the fire service said it was believed to be deliberate.