A fire that was started in one of the stands at Walton Hall Park is now being investigated  as a suspected arson attack.

Merseyside fire services were called to the scene on Friday evening and extinguished the blaze in about 30 minutes.

A statement from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service reads: “Firefighters were called to Walton Hall Park on Friday 12th March.”

“Crews were alerted at 6.24pm and on scene at 6.30pm. Two fire engines attended.”

“On arrival crews found a football stand to be well alight. Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.”

“Crews left the scene at 6.57pm and handed the incident over to Merseyside Police.”

Everton moved to the ground in the summer and had been planning to increase its capacity.

It is understood Everton Women’s next fixture against Chelsea on Wednesday won’t be affected.

The Merseyside Police force’s investigation into the incident is ongoing.

(Image credit: Merseyside Fire Service)