West Lothian Police appeal after row of trees ‘suspiciously’ set alight near houses

West Lothian Police are appealing to the public after a set of trees were set on fire suspiciously on Tuesday.

Whitburn officers are hoping the public can provide information after being made aware of the fire at a property in Gleneagles Court around 8pm on Tuesday.

They say a number of conifers were set on fire and could have easily spread to nearby homes.

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Early indications are that the fire was started deliberately, causing extensive damage to the area.

Fortunately, no one was injured in this potentially dangerous incident.

Officers check all relevant CCTV footage for any additional information.

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Detective Constable Emma Thacker said: ‘This fire could have easily spread to the house, fortunately no one was injured but it is imperative that we find the person responsible for the fire.

“I call on anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident to reflect and ask themselves if they noticed anything that seemed a little strange or suspicious. Any little information could prove vital, so s please pass it on.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 3976 of 7 June 2022. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be provided anonymously.