Police have launched an investigation after a car was set alight in Aberdeen over the weekend.
A brown Vauxhall Astra was destroyed in the blaze on Auchinleck Road, in the Tillydrone area, at about 4am on Saturday.
The fire service was called to the scene and managed to extinguish the flames before they spread, and police yesterday confirmed that they believe the car was deliberately set on fire.
Inspector Gary Spark said: “Thankfully the fire was contained to the vehicle and no-one was hurt.
“However, there was the potential for it to spread and cause more damage.
“This is being investigated as a deliberate fire and I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to please get in touch.”
A spokeswoman for the fire service said the vehicle was “well alight” by the time crews arrived.
She said: “Our team used one hose reel jet to put the flames out, but we don’t have a cause for the incident yet.”
Tillydrone, Seaton and Old Aberdeen councillor, Ross Grant, said the “most unfortunate” incident had caused a stir in the normally quiet part of the city.
“This has caused a bit of reaction within the community, as fire-raising when it comes to vehicles is almost unheard of here,” he said.
“This has come as a shock to residents, so it is reassuring that the police appear to be taking it seriously and making sure this is nipped in the bud as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if they would prefer to remain anonymous.