ARSONISTS are believed to have set fire to a police car parked outside a station.
The blaze took place in Cae Gwilym Lane, Cefn Mawr, at about 5.15am yesterday.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the cause was believed to be deliberate ignition and North Wales Police said a forensic examination of the Vauxhall Corsa was taking place.
The car was gutted by the flames, with 100 per cent fire damage to the engine bay and driver’s section, as well as 90 per cent damage to the rest of the vehicle.
There were no officers at the station at the time of the incident.
The fire has left residents in Cae Gwilym Lane deeply concerned.
Jacqueline Bartlett, 57, who lives across the road from the station, said: “I think it is terrible this has happened. If a car isn’t safe at a police station, are we safe in our own homes?”
Neighbour Ruth Gale, 77, said: “I saw a lot of blue lights outside in the road. I took a look. There were about three to four police cars and officers were walking up and down.
“I didn’t know what was happening. I kept looking out and when it started to get light I could see the car at the station had been on fire. It is not nice to see this on your own doorstep.”
North Wales Police spokesman Kevin Evans said: “We had a call from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service regarding a car on fire at the front of Cefn Mawr police station.
“There was no damage to other property. The vehicle is an unmarked North Wales Police Vauxhall Corsa and appears to be seriously damaged.
“There is no obvious cause. A forensic examination of the vehicle is being conducted on Wednesday morning.
“We would appeal for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact North Wales Police by telephoning 101.”
Mr Evans added there had been no injuries. The incident reference number is P142813.
Yesterday afternoon North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said the fire was being treated as arson and an investigation is underway.