A YOUTH is being held by police today after a spate of arson attacks in Lowerhouses.

The 17-year-old was arrested after firefighters were called into the area three times in under two hours to tackle blazes.

A wheeled bin was set alight next to a house on Fanny Moor Crescent at 8.15pm.

Just over 30 minutes later a van next to a house on Longley Lane was set ablaze.

The interior of a Hyundai car was burned on Fanny Moor Lane at 10.05pm.

Both vehicles were badly damaged.

Police were drafted into the area and the youth was arrested on suspicion of arson.

He was being questioned at police headquarters today.