Police are investigating a possible link between an assault and two arson attacks, all in the Albertbridge Road area of east Belfast.

On Sunday evening, at about 9.45pm, a man was sitting in his car in the Templemore Avenue/Albertbridge Road area when two men approached and attacked the vehicle.

The man was then hauled from the car and assaulted.

Then, at about 3.45am on Monday, a police patrol came across a car and a property on fire at Albertbridge Road.

A number of people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Detectives investigating the incidents are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.