Police are hunting firebugs after a spate of car torching attacks in Lanarkshire.

The first incident took place just after midnight on Thursday, February 18.

Two cars were set on fire in a driveway outside a property in Houston Street in Hamilton.

One motor was badly damaged while the other sustained minor damage.

Three days later, Sunday February 21, the same incident happened at the same location.

This time at around 10pm.

The vehicle that was badly damaged in the first blaze was damaged a second time.

Officers are treating both fires as deliberate and are linking the incidents.

They are keen to speak to two men who were seen at both locations at the time of the fires.

They were seen getting into a white Ford Fiesta which was driven towards Scott Street, onto Burnblea Street, Glebe Street and then Bent Road.

Both men are described as in their twenties to thirties, wearing dark clothing, gloves and masks.

One is described as being of a medium build and around six feet tall.

The other is described as being of a slim build and five feet, eight inches tall.

Nobody was injured as a result of either of the infernos.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Constable Andrew Henry said: “Fortunately no one was hurt in these incidents, but this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.

"These incidents are being treated at linked.


“We are keen to speak to these two men.

"They were seen getting into a white Ford Fiesta which was driven towards Scott Street, onto Burnblea Street, Glebe Street and then Bent Road.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have been driving in or near these streets at the time of these incidents to get in touch if they have dash-cam footage that could help with our investigation.

"Likewise, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have private CCTV showing anything suspicious.”

"Anyone who can help is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0141 of Thursday, February 18, or incident 3821 of Sunday, February 21.

"Or you can make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."