A DERELICT manor house was set alight in a suspected arson attack in Ascot on Sunday night.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information following a suspicious fire at the disused Winkfield Manor, Forest Road, just after midnight on Sunday.

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The fire was reported by neighbours and police were called at 12.28am, April 20.

The blaze was brought under control by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and following a thorough search of the building, no-one was found and nobody was injured.

Following fire investigations, it was confirmed that arson is suspected.

Detective constable Dominique Barlow, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: "We are investigating the circumstances into this suspicious fire.

"Thankfully, the building was empty and has been unoccupied for a number of years, and no-one has been injured, but clearly this could have been far more serious.

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"I am appealing to anybody who may have seen suspicious activity in the area overnight Saturday into Sunday (18 and 19 April) to contact police.

"Similarly, if you have any information that can assist this investigation, please get in touch.

"The most preferable way to contact us is via our online form, or you can contact 101, quoting reference number 43200117052.

"You can also call Crimestoppers for 100 per cent anonymity on 0800 555 111."