FIREFIGHTERS battled a large fire in a village for more than nine hours.

Six Worcestershire crews were at a field on Bank Road, Little Witley, to battle the blaze across a five-hectare field filled with stubble, standing crop and hedgerows.

Crews from Worcester, Wyre Forest, Droitwich, a water carrier from Evesham, an off-road vehicle from Malvern and the drone from Ledbury were all in attendance at the scene.

Firefighters used a drone to see how the fire had spread after being called out to Bank Road in Little Witley, near Worcester, at just after 1pm.

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A quick-thinking farmer at the scene also ploughed a perimeter around the fire to contain the flames and stop more crops from being destroyed.

A spokesperson for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said that the scene was finally closed off for the day at 10.09pm.

They said: "The fire was five hectares of stubble and hedgerow and we extinguished the blaze with five extended hose reel jets and backpacks.

"We went back out for re-inspection at 9pm and were on scene until 10.09pm when we finally left for the day.

"There were no casualties or other emergency services in attendance during the fire."

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Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from neighbouring villages as the fire took hold.

Once the flames were under control, the firefighters dampened down the crops before leaving the scene.

It is the most recent of several fires in the open in Worcester and surrounding areas including a blaze at the old Tolladine Golf Course.

Over 20 emergency calls were made on Monday evening after flames from a fire pit spread onto a field.

Hartlebury Common also set alight during July's heatwave though it is not known what caused that blaze.