ARSONISTS started a string of fires in Burtonwood in the early hours of this morning.

Several wheelie bins were set alight on Fairclough Street and Jackson Street, with one of the fires also spreading to the fencing of a property.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene shortly after 2.30am, with one fire engine attending the incident.

A further wheelie bin fire was then reported on Clay Lane at around 4am, with the blaze spreading to nearby bushes.

It is believed that the fires were started deliberately.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.