POLICE have launched an investigation after a car was reportedly set on fire.

Robert Chalk said his livelihood had been affected because his tools and painting equipment were in the boot of the Renault Megane, and were not insured.

His personal belongings, and those of his children, were also destroyed.

Police were called to the car fire at Little London, Newport, at around 2am last Tuesday (June 11).

Robert said: "I was awoken by some banging at around two in the morning. The initial explosion must have woke me, but I wasn't aware of it.

"It's not easy to find a suitable car at short notice and replace my tools which aren't insured."

He was then contacted by the police, who told him his car had caught fire and been extinguished by the fire service.

Robert said he believed the fire was started deliberately as a petrol can was found nearby.

He said CCTV footage showed an explosion and fireball.

Robert said: "I constantly drive to Ryde to see and take my children, and it's been difficult since this incident.

An Isle of Wight police spokesperson said enquiries were ongoing.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting the reference 44190198519.

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