Firefighters were called to put out a motorbike on fire in Dorchester that was spreading to nearby properties.

A fire crew from Dorchester Fire Station responded to the blaze in the Castle Park area, which was down a small alleyway and causing nearby fences and sheds to catch fire.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service: "In the early hours of Wednesday morning (February 14) one of our appliances was mobilised to a bike on fire which was affecting fences and sheds.

"Crews used two hose reel jets and a single breathing apparatus wearer to extinguish the fire."

The fire comes after a string of moped thefts in the Dorchester area that have resulted in many of them being found with damage.

Dorset Police is appealing for people to come forward with any information regarding any thefts in the area.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "We received a report at around 3.40am on Wednesday February 14  that a motorbike was on fire in the Castle Park area in Dorchester. Officers attended the scene with the fire service.

"Enquiries are ongoing into the report. No arrests have been made.

"Over the course of the last week, we have been made aware of a small number of mopeds being stolen in the Dorchester area.

"They have been located, often with damaged caused to them."

Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact Dorset Police via

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via