Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack in Banbury in the early hours in which three cars were damaged.

At about 1am today a silver Citroen C5 was set alight in a communal parking area in Hearthway, in the Hardwick area of the town.

Due to the intensity of the blaze, the fire spread to the two vehicles parked either side of the Citroen, a red Suzuki Swift and a green Rover Metro.

PC Lucy McDonagh said: “I would like to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone with information about who might have carried out this offence.”

Anyone with information should contact PC McDonagh via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 0845 8 505 505. Alternatively, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.