POLICE are treating a car fire in a Somerset village in the early hours as an arson attack.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Coleford, near Frome.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said the car, which was parked in Highbury Street, was set alight by "an unknown man" between 1.30am and 2.30am on Sunday, February 4.

Officers attended, along with the fire service, and found the vehicle well ablaze.

The spokesperson added that the cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate and officers are treating it as arson.

They are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed a car leaving the scene at speed in the direction of Anchor Road, in Coleford.

Officer in the case PC Joshua Piper said: “We understand this may be a concerning incident for the residents of Coleford.

"However, we would like to reassure them that we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further risk posed to the public.

“If you have any information or can help us in our enquiries, please get in touch at the earliest opportunity.”

If you can help or have any relevant footage around the time of the incident, call police on 101 and quote reference 5224029901 or complete the online Avon and Somerset Police appeals form.