POLICE are investigating a suspected arson and burglary in Bournemouth.

The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday morning at a premises along Poole Road in Westbourne.

Emergency services were called at 3.21am and police officers helped with traffic control while fire crews dealt with the blaze.

Nobody was found within the building and nobody was injured.

Detective Constable Sarah Close said: “Following an initial investigation by the fire service, we are treating the cause of this fire as suspicious and there were signs that entry may have been forced to the premises prior to the fire.

“I would ask anyone who has more information about the incident or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the offence to please contact police.”