A STOCK car and the lorry due to transport it to a race meeting have been destroyed in a fire at a breaker's yard believed to have been started deliberately.
Stock car driver David Patterson of Autoline Motors, Froghall, had loaded his machine onto his lorry ready to take part in a racing event on Bank Holiday Monday.
However, at 2.30am a neighbour noticed a fire at the breaker's yard.
Firefighters from Ipstones were called to the scene where they found the lorry and stock car alight.
Mr Patterson, aged 40, said: "This has been a shock. The fire has destroyed the lorry, my stock car and a fence.
"I had spent hours building the stock car myself and I had planned to go to a racing event on Monday, so the car was loaded ready to go.
"However, the lorry was, away from other vehicles and also the buildings, or else the fire could have spread further."
Now police are urging witnesses to the incident to come forward as it was also found that the tyres of three vehicles parked near the HGV had been slashed.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We were contacted by the fire service at around 3.15am on Monday, April 21, after they were called to a vehicle fire at Autoline Motors in Froghall Road, Froghall.
"A HGV containing a stock car was on fire and the fire service were able to safely extinguish the fire. The following morning they carried out an examination of the HGV, but were unable to establish if the fire was started deliberately.
"However, it was found that the tyres of three vehicles parked near the HGV had been slashed."
Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 77 of April 21. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received a call to Autoline in Froghall at 2.36am on Monday.
"One crew from Ipstones attended the incident.
"Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire which involved a lorry that was well alight.
"The incident was closed at 10.39am.
"It is believed to be deliberate ignition."