Glasgow & West Scotland

Suspicious fire at recycling yard

A suspicious fire at a recycling yard in North Lanarkshire has caused damage estimated at about £500,000.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at New Town Skip Hire in Albert Street, Motherwell, at about 02:30 and found equipment in the yard "well ablaze".

About 20 firefighters dealt with the incident and crews were at the scene until 10:00.

Police believe the blaze was started deliberately.

Det Sgt Scott Wilson said: "The premises is owned by a recycling company and the damage is mainly to a high value piece of machinery which is estimated to be worth half a million pounds.

"Officers are checking the extensive CCTV from the yard and carrying out enquiries in the local area.

"Although this happened in the early hours of this morning, Albert Street can have a steady stream of taxis and cars at this time, so it is possible that someone may have seen people or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area before the fire or making away at speed after the incident."