EMERGENCY services were called into action yesterday after a village barn went up in flames.

Firefighters were called to Belchamp Road in Pentlow to assist Suffolk fire crews from Clare and Long Melford.

An Essex fire crew from Sible Hedingham was dispatched to assist at around 7.25am on July 6..

On arrival, crews reported that a barn containing farm machinery was alight.

Firefighters requested the help of a Suffolk crew from Haverhill and a water bowser from Halstead.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue service added: “Crews worked together to extinguish the fire by 9.45am.

”An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out.”