Police probe suspected arson attack in South Shields

The incident happened in Morris Avenue, South Shields. Image by Google Maps.
The incident happened in Morris Avenue, South Shields. Image by Google Maps.

Police are investigating a suspected arson after a wheelie bin fire at a property in South Tyneside.

The blaze, in Morris Avenue, South Shields, happened at about 8.30pm last night, and spread to another bin and a fence.

Police say they believe the fire was started deliberately.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Police are carrying out inquiries after an item in a wheelie bin caught fire, causing damage to the bin, a nearby bin and a fence.

"It is believed the fire was started deliberately.

"The incident is being treated as arson.

"Any witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 1016 051216."

The fire comes less than a week after a similar incident in Jarrow.