Hunt for vandals after Sunderland car attacks cause £100,000s of damage

Pc Andy Hutchinson with one of the damaged cars in Rainford Avenue, Sunderland.
Pc Andy Hutchinson with one of the damaged cars in Rainford Avenue, Sunderland.
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POLICE are hunting yobs who went on a vandalism spree, causing hundreds of pounds of damage to cars.

Seven vehicles were targeted in the Hendon area between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday.

One car in Windsor Terrace, four in Ryhope Road, one in Matanzas Street and one in Rainford Avenue were scratched, causing extensive damage to the paintwork.

Officers are now carrying out inquiries and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area.

Sergeant Tom Connor, of Northumbria Police, said: “Damage like this is mindless vandalism. Those responsible might think it’s a bit of fun, but we’re carrying out inquiries to identify them, and when we do, we will take action against them.

“What they see as a bit of fun could lead to them getting a criminal record.”

The damage came just hours after vandals torched three cars – a Nissan Micra, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio – in Chester Crescent.

Police believe the vehicles were not specifically targeted but just damaged for no reason.

Anyone who witnessed the attacks or has any information about who is responsible is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext. 69191.