A SUSPECTED arsonist set a JCB digger ablaze at the old Elvian School last night.

Firefighters were dispatched at about 8.40pm following reports of a serious fire at the future home of The Wren School.

Two fire engines were sent to the scene and the flames were brought under control in a matter of hours.

Police have confirmed that they are treating the matter as arson. A second JCB vehicle was also damaged.

Firefighter Faulkner of Dee Road fire station said: “The fire was about 20 feet high and 8 feet wide.”

There is no confirmation yet as to whether the incident will affect construction work at the Bath Road site.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 101 quoting the crime report number 43160168825.