ARSONISTS torched a phone box lovingly converted into a community library by volunteers in the early hours of this morning.

Vandals set fire to books in the phone box on Sandy Lane in Lymm at around 2am today, Tuesday – leading to the whole structure being gutted.

The Sandy Lane Book Swap scheme allowed residents in the area to exchange books for free on a trusting self-serve basis.

Warrington Guardian:

A Sandy Lane Book Swap spokesman said: "We left the bookswap spotless yesterday evening to wake up to this.

"We will now seek to rebuild somehow, perhaps that red phone box we always wanted - we have a great local community that valued this resource, and we'll be back even better than before."

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Warrington Guardian:

One fire engine was sent to the scene.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service believe that the blaze was started deliberately.

A crowdfunding page has already been set up in a bid to create a new phone box library.

To donate, click here.