Officers have launched an appeal for information after a fire was deliberately started at a north-east takeaway and beauty salon.
The rear of Rockfish Takeaway and The Retreat Hair and Beauty Salon in Whitehills were targeted at around 5.45am on Saturday morning.
More than £1,000 worth of damage was caused by the blaze, which police are treating as suspicious.
Sergeant Scott Murray, who is leading inquiries, said: “The cost of the damage is estimated to be around a four-figure sum which is completely unacceptable.
“It also goes without saying that had this fire not been noticed as early as it did the outcome could have been much worse.
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“This incident is being treated as a wilful fire-raising and I would encourage anyone with information to please get in touch as soon as possible.
“Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the community and it won’t be tolerated.
“Call Police on 101 with information quoting ref. no. 0907 of April 13 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain completely anonymous.”