August's fire at Great Upton Farm in Ryde. Photo thanks to Ralph Gissing.

Two teenagers have appeared in court today (Friday) charged with arson.

18-year-old Alex Thomas Rafferty, of Poole Lane in Bournemouth, and a 16-year-old from Ryde – who cannot be named for legal reasons – have appeared before Isle of Wight Magistrates.

Both have been released on unconditional bail and are due to appear at the Crown Court in January (27).

Hampshire Constabulary officers were called to a fire at Great Upton Farm near Ryde in August.

Around 800 bales of hay in barns were destroyed at the farm, off Gatehouse Road, in August.