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An arson attack on a Skelmersdale haulage firm left three HGVs worth £80,000 with substantial damage – just weeks after it was targeted in a previous fire attack.

Police are now appealing for information after the latest incident was caught on CCTV at the premises of Messenger Express on West Pimbo industrial estate.

Two offenders dressed in black can be seen entering the yard at around 8.20pm on 2 February.

Video footage from the incident can be viewed here:

DC Kate Molloy of Lancashire Police said: “We have launched an arson investigation following an attack on high value HGVs at a unit in Skelmersdale.

“It is the second such incident in a number of weeks and we are keen to identify those responsible.

“In the most recent incident, two offenders dressed in dark clothing have entered the site with incendiary devices, smashed the window of the HGVs and set alight three vehicles.

“They have then made off on foot towards Pimbo Road.

“We are appealing for any witnesses or drivers with dash cam footage who were on West Pimbo between 8pm and 8.30pm on that day to check their footage.

“Likewise, if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or someone in your household returned home that night smelling of smoke, please come forward.”

In a previous incident on 10 January at around 11.50pm, another vehicle was reported to have been set alight, causing substantial damage.

Anyone with information can contact police on 01695 566113 quoting log reference 1348 of February 2.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at