Police Scotland has made an appeal for help from the public after a fire was deliberately started in a storage area inside an empty flat in Paisley.

The incident happened at around 10.30pm on Thursday, 24th June, in a property in Orchard Street.

The fire was put out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Detective Constable Gary Bruce, of Paisley CID, said: “There are a number of derelict properties in this part of the town and vandalism and fire setting is becoming a problem.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. In this instance someone has entered the empty property and started a fire on the first floor inside a storage cupboard. Fortunately no one was injured but this could have been much more serious if it had not been put out quickly.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time of this incident, and we are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been driving in the area and has dash-cam footage that might assist with our enquiries.

“If you can help please call us on 101, quoting incident 3183 of Thursday, 24 June, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”