Drivers’ dismay at chemical attack on cars

Shop owner Raj with her delivery van that was the target of vandals.
Shop owner Raj with her delivery van that was the target of vandals.
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VEHICLE owners have hit out after vandals damaged their cars on a wrecking spree.

About a dozen vehicles were attacked in the Rawmarsh Road area of Red House, Sunderland. Some were covered in paint-stripping chemicals, while others had their tyres slashed.

The vandalism took place between 10pm on Sunday and 5am on Monday, and was not seen by owners – many of whom were unable to get to work due to the damage – until later on the morning.

Raj Kaur, who owns Rawmarsh News in Rawmarsh Road, had two tyres damaged on her business van, which cost £200 to repair and left her unable to use the vehicle.

She said the “ludicrous” behaviour has left her angry.

“I would like some sort of compensation for the damage,” she said. “Luckily, I had my car because I had to travel into work from Washington, but it did leave us without the van, which we use every day to go to the cash and carry.

“My husband has owned this shop for 30 years, and we have never known anything like this before.

“My worry now is that they are going to keep doing it.”

Mum-of-three Raj said police asked to view CCTV footage from the shop. “It showed two young lads walking past the van, but unfortunately you couldn’t really see what they were doing,” she said.

Police have arrested two boys aged 15 and 16 in connection with the vandalism, on suspicion of criminal damage.

One resident of Rochford Road, who did not want to be named, said she didn’t know when she would be able to use her new Vauxhall Antara again. “I’m really annoyed,” said the mum-of-three, who has no transport until the car tyres are replaced. “It’s shocking. We only bought the car in May, and it’s brand new, so tyres aren’t that easy to just get.

“I might not be able to use it until the end of the week.”