Police have been examining the burned-out car of Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll.
The England under 21 forward's brand new chrome plated Range Rover was set ablaze as it stood on the drive of team mate Kevin Nolan's country house.
Carroll, who was recently awarded a new five-year contract, is staying at the house of the Magpies' skipper as part of his bail conditions after being charged with the alleged assault of a teenager.
Nolan's garage door was also daubed with graffiti during the attack on Wednesday night. Police were called after the men saw Carroll's Range Rover in flames on the drive. Firefighters arrived at the house at about 7pm.
Security men have stood guard outside the detached house in leafy Darras Hall, Northumberland, as forensic experts combed the scene for evidence.
A Northumbria Police patrol car blocked the entrance to the drive. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The fire was extinguished by the fire and rescue service and no one was injured. The garage door of the property was also vandalised."
Carroll is living with Nolan after appearing in court accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. He was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after police were called to a house in Ponteland where an 18-year-old had suffered head injuries.
The Gateshead-born forward appeared before Hexham Magistrates' Court, where he told the bench he was currently living at Jesmond Dene House hotel, in Newcastle. His case was adjourned until January 10 2011 with a condition of his bail that he lives with Nolan at Nolan's home.
A low loader equipped with a crane and a tow truck arrived at Nolan's house at 1.30pm on Thursday. Recovery men wrapped the wrecked 4WD in a black tarpaulin then used the crane to lift it on to the back of the low loader.
An hour later, Carroll and Nolan arrived at the house in a black Range Rover. The pair got out and Carroll gazed at his ruined car for five minutes. Soon after, the tow truck and low loader left the property, carrying Carroll's car away.