Cheshire Constabulary has confirmed a large barn fire in Leighton over the weekend to have been deliberately set.

The barn, located on an old farm near to Leighton Hospital, was purposefully set alight at around 6:00p.m on Saturday (May 7), according to the police.

As part of the arson investigation, police are appealing to anybody who was in the area shortly before the fire took place to get in touch.

Detective Constable James Best, of Crewe local policing unit, said: “Our investigation is ongoing and as part of our enquiries I’d like to hear from anyone who has information or perhaps saw anyone in the area shortly before the fire occurred."

In particular, police are looking to speak to two people who were fishing in the pool nearby and were then picked up in a dark coloured car, and five girls who they believe were at the farm then later seen on the junction with Smithy Lane; one of the girls was wearing a distinctive blue top.

“These people could have information that could assist with our investigation," said Constable Best.

“I’d also encourage anyone who has CCTV or dash cam footage that may be of use to also contact us.”