Glasgow & West Scotland

Appeal after 'deliberate' fire destroys summer house

A fire which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a family's garden and destroyed their summer house was deliberate, police have said.

The blaze was started outside the family's home in Kilmeny Crescent, in the Coltness area of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, at about 03:10.

It is being treated as wilful after a probe by police and the fire service.

Police said the "dangerous" fire had left the owner "absolutely distraught". They have appealed for witnesses.

Det Con Chris Norton said: "This was a deliberate and dangerous act which has completely destroyed this family's summer house in their garden.

"The damage caused is estimated to be worth a five-figure sum of money and the owner has been left absolutely distraught by what has happened.

"The house is in the middle of a busy residential area in Wishaw and is overlooked by several flats and other properties. It did happen during the night but I would appeal to anyone who was awake around that time and may have seen anything suspicious to get in touch."

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