A large fire which broke out in a well-known beauty spot over the weekend is believed to have been started deliberately, according to firefighters.

Crews were deployed to Eston Hills in Guisborough just before 8pm on Sunday (March 24) following reports of a sizeable blaze.

One fire engine was sent to tackle the flames, but due to safety concerns, the fire was allowed to burn.

Firefighters then visited the scene again this morning (March 25) and left before 8am as there was no sign of the fire.

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Cleveland Fire Brigade were called on 24/03/24 at 19.51pm to an incident on Eston Hills. Large fire on top of nab.

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"One fire engine from Grangetown attended. The fire was allowed to burn due to safety concerns for crews.

"Crews from Grangetown re-attended at 07.36am on 25/03/24 and there was no sign of the fire. We left the scene by 07.55am. The cause is believed to be deliberate."

Eston Hills has been the target of arson attacks before. 

Cleveland Police have asked anyone with information to contact 101.