A TEENAGE boy arrested on suspicion of arson after four fires were started in popular woodland will face no further action.

The 13-year-old, from Colchester, was arrested on Tuesday, after Essex Police were called to reports of a fire in Friday Woods, off Friday Wood Green, Colchester.

Two fire crews from Colchester and one from Wivenhoe were sent out to tackle the blazes at around 9.20am.

An Essex Fire Service spokesman said crews extinguished four separate fires by 11.10am, with the cause recorded as deliberate.

A police spokesman later said: "We were called at around 10.05am with reports of a fire in the woods of Bounstead Road, Colchester.

"We attended alongside the ambulance and fire services.

"No one was injured and the fire was put out safely.

"A juvenile was arrested on suspicion of arson."

On Thursday, a police spokesman added: "After speaking with the boy and making enquiries, he was released without charge."