Fire investigators are this morning examining the site of a large fire in Havenstreet last night which destroyed stables and charred surrounding land.
Fire crews from Ryde and Newport attended the blaze, located behind the White Hart Inn on Speeds Lane, shortly before 01:00 this morning.
A block of four stables, which were used to house horses, and an area of around 30mx10m have been destroyed in the blaze, with flames reaching up to 20ft in height according to eye-witnesses.
No horses are believed to have been injured.
Police remain on the scene this morning as the cause of the blaze is established, which is believed to be suspicious.
UPDATE @ 12:00 – Following an investigation of the scene this morning, Hampshire Constabulary are now treating the incident as arson.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the incident and is being questioned by police.
Anyone with information can contact Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.