SHOCKED neighbours woke to find two cars had been dumped in their street and set ablaze.
Both vehicles were completely gutted in the incident, which police believe was NOT a targeted attack.
Officers were called to Market Street in Newton on Saturday, March 5 after worried residents called 999.
The two cars had been reduced to burning shells by the intensity of the blaze. Two other cars parked nearby were also damaged by the fire.
Forensic officers have examined the area and door to door inquiries are continuing, a police spokeswoman said.
Residents say they are relieved no-one was injured but insist the incident is unusual for the area.
Rod Bell, 35, said the area was usually relatively crime-free.
He added: “The most you would normally get around here is a speeding car or the odd bit of anti-social behaviour, but nothing like this.
“Our house is opposite where one of the parked cars was set alight.
“My middle daughter was celebrated her eighth birthday by having a sleep over with friends on the night this happen.
“I dread to think what might have happened had one of the cars exploded.”
* Anyone with any information should call St Helens CID on 0151 777 1565.