A fire which ripped through a former pub in Motherwell is being treated as deliberate.

Officers were called to a report of the blaze at The Bullfrog - known locally as 'The Bully' - in the town's Shields Road at around 3.55pm on Sunday.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also mobilised three appliances to the scene to extinguish the fire. 

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Police have since confirmed that the fire is being treated as wilful. 

Enquiries remain ongoing, however, it has been confirmed that nobody was injured in the incident.

Detective Constable Heather Gorman of Wishaw CID said: “Thankfully nobody has been injured as a result of this reckless act.

“We are treating the fire as deliberate and are asking anyone with any information to come forward and speak to officers.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw anything suspicious to contact us.

“I would also appeal to anyone who was driving in the area around the time and who may have dash-cam footage which could assist to get in touch."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 2237 of April 16, 2023.

Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.