A MAN was taken to hospital after a fire outside flats in Oxford last night, police have just said.

The 48-year-old man was hospitalised with smoke inhalation after a fire outside flats in Hollow Way, Cowley, at around 9.40pm.

The front window of a property in Giles Road, Littlemore, was smashed some time between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Details of the incident were not released by the force last night.

A bin was set alight outside the West Oxford Community Centre in Botley Road shortly after 10pm, but caused no damage to the centre.

There were also reports of bin fires in Barns Road, Field Avenue, Preachers Lane, Kersington Crescent and Saxon Way, and a fence was set alight in Copse Lane.

Officers were alerted to suspicious activity of a group of youths in Great Clarendon Street at about 10.48pm.

The group had left by the time officers arrived at the scene, but an Audi A4 was discovered with a damaged petrol cap and a rag stuffed into the fuel tank and had been set alight but failed to spread.

Police were also called at 1.39am, after a skip in Mansfield Road, near the junction of Holywell Street, was set alight.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with any of these incidents.

Two more people have also been arrested in connection with the arson attack at the McDonald’s in Headington on Monday.

A 26-year-old man arrested shortly after the incident has been bailed to appear back at St Aldate's police station on September 28.

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “We were prepared in advance to deal with any potential disturbances and officers responded quickly and effectively.

“We would like to thank the community for working with us and providing information about potential incidents.

“We ask that communities continue to keep us informed of any further groups gathering or acting suspiciously so we can respond quickly.”