Police are hunting a firebug who tried to set fire to a Paisley flat door.

Fire crews raced to the scene after members of the public spotted smoke coming from a Wellmeadow Street close on Tuesday evening.

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They found scorch marks on the door when they arrived around 5.10pm and alerted police.

The 37-year-old homeowner was not at home when her flat was targeted.

It’s understood the rest of the flats in the building are unoccupied.

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Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward as they attempt to identify the culprit.

Inspector Tracy Harkins, from Paisley’s community policing team, said: “Police were alerted by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service that an attempt had been made to set a flat door alight in Paisley’s Wellmeadow Street around 5.10pm on Tuesday.

“Thankfully the 37-year-old resident was not at home at the time.

“However, this could have had very serious consequences had the fire took hold.

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“We are very keen to trace whoever was responsible for carrying out this dangerous act and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously i the area at around that time to come forward.

She added: “If you were driving in the area at the time and have a dashcam footage, please check to see if you captured anything which may be useful to our investigation.”

Meanwhile, officers are also investigating a break-in in Paisley’s Bruce Road.

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A crook smashed a rear window and stole a number of electrical items between November 24 and 11am on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old homeowner discovered t

he raid and reported it to police.

Inspector Harkins added: “If you have any information in relation to this incident then please get in contact with police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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