AN abandoned car was believed to have been deliberately set on fire this morning at South Petherton.

The Fire Service received a call at just after 2am from a passing motorist reporting a fire in the distance, but was unable to give fuller details.

A fire engine from Martock was sent out to investigate and they found a vehicle on farm land at Hams Lane, off Bridge Way, well alight.

A Fire Service spokesman said the vehicle had been abandoned and the fire was a result of arson.