A CAR was destroyed after it was set on fire in an arson attack overnight in Westhoughton.

Firefighters from Atherton were called out to James Street, just off Church Street, at around 12.40am to put out the blaze.

The black BMW 3 Series was believed to have been stolen and then abandoned on a dirt track leading to Wingates Industrial Park.

Police were also on the scene of the fire and are investigating it as a deliberate ignition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 0094 of 13/11/17.