Wreckage of Audi A3 left behind in Northampton neighbourhood after suspected arson attack

A car was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in a Northampton neighbourhood last night.

Residents in Hawksmoor Way, Rye Hill, awoke last night (March 31) to find an abandoned Audi A3 in blazes on a nearby roundabout.

An Audi A3 was destroyed in a fire in Hawksmoor Way last night.

An Audi A3 was destroyed in a fire in Hawksmoor Way last night.

A fire crew arrived at 12:15am to battle the flames, which had engulfed the car and damaged a nearby lamp post.

Residents told the Chronicle and Echo: "I looked out the window when I heard the tires popping.

"The flames were so high they reached the lamp post.

"I could hear someone shouting nearby, who I guess was whoever started the fire.

The car was completely destroyed in the blaze.

The car was completely destroyed in the blaze.

"I was just concerned there was someone still inside."

The wreckage of the burnt-out Audi A3 is still sat on the small roundabout this morning (April 1).

Northamptonshire Police now believe the car was set on fire in a deliberate arson attack and was ignited using an accelerant such as aerosol or lighter fluid.

Video courtesy of Scott Chegg of Montague Crescent.

One resident said: "I looked out the window when I saw the tires popping."

One resident said: "I looked out the window when I saw the tires popping."

Police believe the fire was started deliberately.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately.