A TEENAGER has been arrested after about 200 bins were set on fire, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The fire broke out in the yard at the Stockton Council premises in Leeholme Road, Billingham, on Tuesday.

About 200 wheelie bins were alight, sparking a major emergency response and causing an orange glow to light up the night sky.

Police are investigating the incident and a 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Officers from Cleveland Police are appealing for information as part of the investigation. 

The fire started at about 6.50pm when numerous bins and other refuse containers were set alight.

A spokesperson for the police described the damage as "extensive" and said the cost is believed to run into the thousands.

The teenager has been arrested and released on bail pending further inquiries. 

Sergeant Gary Cookland, from Stockton neighbourhood policing team, said: “The investigation into this fire is ongoing and we would encourage anyone with information regarding it to contact us.

"Any witnesses are asked to call us on 101 quoting incident number 172628, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”