Several cars in Midlothian have been daubed in racist graffiti and then deliberately set on fire.
Police are treating the incident, which took place in Loanhead early on Saturday morning, as a hate crime.
There were no reports of any injuries and enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Constable John Lumsden of Dalkeith CID said: “Due to racist graffiti on the vehicles, we are currently treating this as a hate crime.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have been driving in the area at the time of the incident to get in touch if they have any information or dash-cam footage which may assist with our investigation.
“We are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the area or who witnessed the fire.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 0663 of 13 March, 2021. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.
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