Arsonists have set fire to a derelict Chinese restaurant on North Street in Ripon.
The culprits broke into the back of the former Hong Kong restaurant and started a fire on the first floor of the building.
Police are conducting enquiries and requesting the public's assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
In particular, police are appealing for information regarding those involved in the offence which took place between 2-3pm on Tuesday, July 5.
In May this year, plans were approved to convert the first and second floors of the derelict building into six flats with the Chinese takeaway relocating to the back of the site.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Dave Furlong. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org