A fire at a car dealership has caused thousands of pounds of damage.
Police are treating the blaze at Moray Motors in Lossiemouth as suspicious and have appealed for witnesses.
Four vehicles – a Citroen Berlingo van, a Vauxhall Zafira, a Ford Ka and a Vauxhall Vectra were badly damaged in the incident at the premises at Coulardbank industrial estate. Two were owned by the garage and two by customers. The damage is expected to run to a four-figure sum.
It is believed staff at the RAF Lossiemouth guardroom – which is opposite the garage – alerted police and the fire brigade.
A fire service spokesman said: “There were two appliances which attended the scene, one from Elgin and one from Lossiemouth with two jets. Four firefighters with breathing apparatus attended the call at 2:30am and left the scene at 3:05am.”
Detective Constable Gary McTurk said: “This is a very unusual incident and I am keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time.”
Police want to trace a person dressed in light-coloured clothing who was seen walking away from the premises at about 2:30am.
Keith Attwood, owner of Moray Motors, said: “Hopefully there will not be any long-term impact on the business, but it doesn’t look good at the moment.
“We’ve arranged for one of the cars that’s been abandoned in the middle of the forecourt to be uplifted.
“Hopefully we can get the place looking a bit tidier and we’re just waiting for the insurance assessor to come down and see about the rest.”
He added: “I want to reassure customers that their cars are safe.”
Moray Motors has been in business for 21 years.
Police have urged anyone with information on the incident in the early hours of yesterday to contact them on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.