Vandals hunted after cars damaged in Sunderland and Houghton

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VANDALS who caused thousands of pounds of danage to cars in Sunderland and Houghton are being hunted by police.

Over the weekend, four cars were damaged in Gartland Road and Gillingham Road in Grindon, and Somerset Cottages at Tunstall, all Sunderland.

Four more were also damaged in the Lingfield area of Houghton and Moorsfield in Chilton Moor.

The damage included paintwork being scratched, wing mirrors being damaged and tyres being punctured.

Inquiries are ongoing into the incidents and police are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

Sunderland Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: “Whoever is causing this damage is upsetting a lot of people and costing motorists a lot of money.

“Criminal damage is a serious offence. Anyone found damaging cars can be arrested and action will be taken against them.

“I’d ask anyone who thinks they know who is responsible to contact us as soon as possible with any information.

“I’d also appeal for residents to be vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously around parked cars then they should ring police and report it immediately.

“We can respond straight away - and your actions could help us to stop other crimes from happening.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191, or call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.