Owners count cost after 12 cars hit by spray paint vandals in Sunderland street

Edward Burdis Street, Southwick where a number of cars were vandalised with spray paint.
Edward Burdis Street, Southwick where a number of cars were vandalised with spray paint.
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THE owners of a dozen cars have been left counting the cost after their vehicles were attacked by a spray paint vandal.

The attack happened between 8pm and 8.30pm on Monday, in Edward Burdis Street, in Southwick, as the cars were parked up and paint left across their bodywork.

Among the victims was Patrick Kelly, who ran the Riverside Road MOT garage until his retirement.

He spent yesterday morning scrubbing the black paint from the side of his green VW Golf.

“There was a strip the length of my car,” said the 66-year-old.

“It’s only a runaround and it’s not worth claiming on the insurance, as you just end up paying through the nose.

“Around here, we’ve always had problems and I called the police up a couple of months ago because my shed was broken into.

“In the end I took it down, then they have no reason to go into the garden.

“It’s beyond a joke and I’ve put in for an exchange, I just want out of the street.”

Other cars attacked included a Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Note and Micra, Mitsubishi Colt, Ford Focus, Citroen C3, Volvo V70, Renault Megane, a Mazda MX5 and two Kia Sedonas.

Widow and carer Sheila Barwick, 57, saw the police arrive as officers began to investigate who caused the damage.

She said: “I was watching Cilla and I thought ‘What the devil?’

“Across the road, there was a blue sports car which is owned by a fellow there and it had been damaged. I could see the police coming along with lights and torches up and down the street.

“It’s a shame because there was a lot of older people in these bungalows and I’m the youngest so I look out for them.

“It’s upsetting too, but if someone has a grievance, why do the whole street?”

Police want to speak to an older man, described as having light grey and “scruffy” hair who was seen in the area during the evening as part of inquiries.

Acting Inspector Dave Cole said: “We’re asking for help from the community to find those responsible for this mindless damage which is both costly and inconvenient for the driver affected.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.