A police investigation is under way into a fire at a farm near Ellon.
Around 50 bales of hay were destroyed in the blaze at Fortree Farm about 9am on Friday.
Inquiries are at an early stage, but officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area near the time of the incident and has any information relating to the crime.
Inspector Jamie Harrison, of the Formartine Community Policing Team, said: “This incident has had serious financial implications to the owner of the bales and this mindless act was completely without thought for the consequences.
“I would urge anyone who has any information regarding the crime to contact us, no matter how insignificant you think your information may be. In particular if you are aware of anyone who has spoken about the incident or who was found to be smelling of smoke on Friday morning, please call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”