Two youngsters have been charged and reported to the youth justice management team after three vehicles were set on fire in Lossiemouth on Sunday.
Both males are under 16, so they cannot be named, but they are suspected of being involved in the incident on Rinnes Drive during Sunday afternoon when three vehicles were damaged by fire but no one was injured.
Firefighters were called to the street at 3.30pm where they a discovered a Smart Car engulfed by flames which were rapidly spreading to a Fiat 500 car and a Mercedes panel van.
Those vehicles were understood to belong to Duncan Isaac, who runs the Royale Meal catering firm and lives in the area.
When contacted last night, Mr Isaac declined to comment because he was in discussions with the police about the incident.
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A police spokeswoman confirmed that two males have been charged.
She said: “Two youths have been charged and both are males who are aged under 16.
“They have been reported to the Youth Justice Management.”
The shocking daylight incident was condemned by local members of the community.
Mike Mulholland, chairman of the Lossiemouth Community Council, was among those who condemned the destruction.
He added: “I was horrified to think something like this could happen in Lossiemouth, particularly so soon after the tragic fire that took place just around the corner.
“It is something you never think could happen in a place like Lossiemouth, especially with the kind of people who live here.”
It is the second fire to occur in Lossiemouth in the space of a week.
In the early hours on Thursday morning, a fire ripped through a home in MacDonald Drive in the coastal town.
The occupants of the house, a 13-month-old girl and two adults were rushed to hospital in serious conditions afterwards, with the toddler flown to Glasgow and her parents taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
They are still thought to be in a serious condition, although the fire was ruled to be “not suspicious” following a joint police and fire investigation.