POLICE are appealing for help to catch a firebug setting alight cars and vans parked in the West End of Crewe.
The arsonist struck during the early hours of Thursday, setting three cars ablaze within minutes of each other in McNeill Avenue.
Two of the cars were completely burnt out and a fourth vehicle, a Transit van, was damaged by the flames.
The charred remains of the vehicles were taken to a nearby garage for forensic tests.
CID officers at Crewe and Nantwich Police confirmed the attacks were arson and believe they could be linked to other similar incidents in the area.
Two vehicles were set ablaze in Wheelman Road on October 22, and a van destroyed the day before in Rolls Avenue.
Police are now liaising with the Fire Service to determine a cause of the attacks.
Detective Constable Andy Dixon, of Crewe CID, said: 'The fires were definitely started deliberately but we don't know by how many people and by what means.
'The streets the fires have happened are all within short walking distance of each other and we are certain it is the same person or people who are responsible for all the attacks.
'Police enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing to anyone with information as to who may be responsible or anyone who may have been in the area at that time of the morning.' Anyone with information is asked to phone Crewe CID on 01244 613333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.