AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after attempted arson in Southampton.

Officers are investigating the incident which happened in Derby Road, sometime between 11.30pm on March 6 and 5.30am on March 7.

The attempt caused burn marks to the windows and the wall of the property.

The fire did not take hold and those inside were not aware of anything until they saw the damage in the morning.

DC Keith Evans said: “Our investigations are ongoing and we are keen to speak to any who saw anything suspicious in the area that night.

“Did you see anyone? Do you know who is responsible?

“We know that this will cause concern for residents but our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to offer reassurance and if you have any worries, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.”

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '44180086090', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.