A FIRE in the grounds of a school in Runcorn is being treated as arson.

Firefighters were called to The Grange on Latham Avenue around 6.15pm.

On arrival the crew found approximately five metres of shrubs well alight.

Firefighters used water to extinguish the fire and were in attendance for nearly an hour.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

Anyone with any information about the fire should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 759647, give the details via cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.