Vandals jumped up and down on cars during wrecking spree

Danny McQuayle with his Rover car which had its windscreen smashed outside his home on Ravenna Road, Red House, Sunderland. A number of cars were vandalised in the area at the weekend.

Danny McQuayle with his Rover car which had its windscreen smashed outside his home on Ravenna Road, Red House, Sunderland. A number of cars were vandalised in the area at the weekend.

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DRUNKEN yobs caused thousands of pounds of damage to cars during a late-night wrecking spree.

Residents today spoke of their shock at the “pointless and senseless” attacks on six cars in Red House and Downhill.

The thugs, who were swigging from bottles of booze, were spotted damaging bodywork and smashing the windscreens of the parked vehicles in Ravenna Road, Rutherford Square and Kidderminster Road.

Danny McQuade, 43, said his family was awoken in the early hours to witness one of the attackers jumping on the bonnet of his Rover 200.

“We heard a loud bang and my daughter looked out the window and saw one of them jumping up and down on the car,” said the dad-of-six.

“I’d just gone to bed when she shouted for me and told me what was happening. I couldn’t believe it.”

Danny, a customer manager at an insurance company, said the damage could have been much worse had he not been alerted.

“I just don’t know why people do this kind of thing,” he said.

“It’s senseless. Luckily, I’ve got insurance to cover it.

“Some of the cars have smashed windows and damaged bodywork. It could cost them hundreds of pounds each.”

Another resident said the yobs left deep footprints on the bonnet of his car.

“You could just about tell the shoe size, it was so bad,” said the dad-of-two, who did not want to be named. “The damage was really bad.

“There was a lot of glass all over the road. I don’t know why they did this. It’s completely senseless. It’s pointless.”

Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the vandalism, which is understood to have happened shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Inspector Tony Carty, who covers the area for the force said: “One of the men was wearing a grey top and dark tracksuit bottoms. The second was wearing a dark tracksuit.

“Both were carrying bottles of wine.

“If anyone saw or heard anything overnight on Saturday into Sunday we’d urge them to contact us.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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