'Chinese lantern' dangers

This picture shows the risk the NFU has been complaining about – a 'Chinese lantern' which landed in a fully ripe wheat crop at Grimston Grange in Tadcaster last weekend.

Selby Mart auctioneer Brian Bartle, who sent in the picture, said: "There is evidence of scorch marks on the fabric, and the crop's pretty dry, so the worst could have happened – let alone the risk of the wire frame being engorged by the combine and chopped up with the grain, to be a danger of getting into the food chain.

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"There was another one on the same farm two weeks ago. That was found in grazed grass and could have been mown into the silage pit to leave a beast 'wired' and cause a slow death."