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Drilling rig worth £250,000 destroyed in fire at Dumbarton quarry

Dumbuck Quarry Image copyright Richard Webb/Geograph
Image caption The fire happened at Dumbuck Quarry in Dumbarton

A drilling rig worth £250,000 has been destroyed in a deliberate fire.

The piece of machinery was found alight at the back of Dumbuck Quarry in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, at about 17:55 on Sunday.

The blaze is being treated as wilful fire-raising following a joint investigation by police and the fire service.

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Det Sgt Gerald Shovlin said: "A very expensive piece of machinery, worth more than £250,000, has been destroyed as a result of this reckless act and it is vital that we trace whoever is responsible.

"There are several hill tracks that look down over the quarry and I would appeal to anyone who may have been walking in the area on Sunday evening to please get in touch."

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