POLICE want to speak to a number of youths in connection with a fire at a North-east hotel.
A group of youngsters were seen in the area of the Torryburn Hotel, where a suspicious blaze broke out around 11.40pm on Monday.
A joint police and fire investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Inspector Jon Millar, from the Garioch Community Policing Team, said: “We are keen to trace a number of youths who were seen in the area during the early and late evening on Monday.
“Inquiries so far show that a number of youths have been in the area of the hotel over the last few weeks and months who we would also like to speak to.
“Although we are keeping an open mind regarding the cause of the fire, I would appeal for these people to come forward and assist us with our investigation.
“I would also appeal for any parents or friends of these youths who may have information to contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”