Youths hunted after garden trees deliberately set on fire
Emergency services were called to a street in Aberdeen on Monday evening.
Police are on the hunt for a group of youths after a number of garden trees in Aberdeen were set on fire.
Emergency services were called to Manor Avenue at 6.10pm on Monday, with fire crews working quickly to extinguish the blazes.
Police have increased patrols in the area to track down those responsible and are keen to speak to a group of youngsters who were seen in the area at the time of the incident.
Constable Joshua Watt said: "It goes without saying that this incident could have resulted in very serious consequences.
"Thankfully no one was injured and the fire was dealt with quickly.
"Additional patrols are being carried out in the area and anyone with information is asked to speak to any officer or contact police."
Fellow police colleagues in Aberdeenshire have also appealed for witnesses after a number of trees were vandalised at Strathburn Primary School in Inverurie.
The trees were damaged on two separate occasions between last Thursday and Monday.
Constable James Stewart said: "The trees had been planted by pupils at the school and have been damaged beyond repair.
"This act of vandalism is completely mindless and is not only extremely upsetting for the school community, but will be costly to remedy."