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Investigation after car found alight in Northdown Road, Margate

Police are investigating after it is believed a car fire was started deliberately in Margate in the early hours.

Owner Tom Brabham, who was visiting family, told KentOnline how he heard a bang in the middle of the night in Northdown Road.

The incident, which happened just after 1am this morning, is being treated as suspicious by Kent Police.

Fire crews were at the scene
Fire crews were at the scene

Mr Brabham said: "First of all I heard a bang and then car alarm - then I saw it on fire."

He called the emergency services, and says he was told by firefighters that petrol had been used and the back window had been smashed.

He added: "The fire went out itself. It's completely destroyed."

Officers were called by Kent Fire and Rescue Service to the report of a car alight to assist with the investigation.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: "We were called at 1.16am on Sunday, April 7 to Northdown Road to reports of a car fire.

"One fire engine attended and crews used a high pressure hose reel to put the fire out.

"KFRS left the scene just before 2am.

"Kent Police were notified as the cause was believed to be suspicious."

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