An investigation is underway after five council bin wagons were torched when a compound was broken into.

At around 11.50pm on Monday, police and fire crews were called to the Hyndburn Council compound in Brown Street, Accrington, following reports that someone had broken into the site and set the wagons on fire.

Crews tackled the blaze, involving five of the wagons, all of which are now thought to be completely destroyed.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We were called around 11.50pm on Monday to reports of a fire at Hyndburn Council Compound in Brown Street, Accrington.

"Five bin wagons had been set on fire causing significant damage.

"The fires were extinguished by firefighters with no injuries reported.

"The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is underway."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1642 of December 2.

A spokesman for Hyndburn Council said: "As a result of a fire at our vehicle depot, there are currently five recycling vehicles out of commission.

"We are in the process of arranging replacement wagons and we aim to have services up and running as soon as possible.

"Refuse/household waste collections are not affected.

"If your recycling was due to be collected today, 3rd December 2019, please leave your recycling bin out for now and we will communicate any service updates as soon as we have them.

"Thank you for your patience and cooperation."