NINE Mini Coopers have been set alight in arson attacks in Southampton.

Police have launched an investigation following the string of incidents, which began on November 21, 2018.

Officers have now launched a hunt for a man driving a silver or grey Peugeot 307 estate car, which was seen near the scene of one of the fires.

Cars parked in Randolph Street, Hanley Road, Janson Road, Hinkler road, Deacon Road, Downside Avenue, South East Road, River Walk, and Belmont Road have been targeted.

As reported by the Echo, the most recent incident happened on Belmont Road on Saturday.

Each vehicle had a canvas top, which was cut before flammable material was put inside and set alight.

Some cars have been completely burnt out and others suffered minor damage.

Owners are being urged to install CCTV to keep watch on their vehicles, to consider fitting an alarm, to ask neighbours for help, and to immediately call 999 if their car is targeted.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "A man driving a silver or grey coloured Peugeot 307 estate car has been seen near one of the scenes.

"Officers would like to hear from anyone who think they may know who this man might be.

"This may be a friend, relative or housemate who is often out throughout the night and are known to drive a silver or grey coloured Peugeot 307 estate car.

"Any small bit of information may help us prevent further incidents.

"Call 101 and quote 44180463478."