A FIRE involving trees in Runcorn is being treated as arson.

Firefighters were called following reports of a grass fire near Astmoor Road around 6.23pm yesterday (Thursday) evening.

One fire engine attended from Runcorn

On arrival the crew found a quantity of dry bushes and trees well alight. One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the flames.

It is believed that this fire had been started deliberately.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cheshire Police on: 101 quoting IML 710360.