A SABOTEUR has destroyed a phone mast by setting it alight.

The Orange mobile phone pylon, in a remote part of Kynaston Woods, just off Waldens Road, Orpington, had been made to look like a dead tree struck by lightning.

It was still under construction at the time of the attack.

The arsonist built a timber stack around the bottom of the pole before setting it on fire at around 9.30pm on Monday.

An Orpington fire station spokesman said: "This might have seemed like a good idea at the time but whereas we're not sure mobile phone masts actually harm people, we know for certain fire can kill."

Anyone with information should call Bromley police on 020 8313 1212.