Vandals wreck council vehicles in raid on depot

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POLICE in Sunderland are appealing for information after a number of vehicles were damaged.

Between 11am Sunday, July 14, and 5.10am Monday, July 15, vandals got into a Sunderland Council vehicle compound in Market Place, Houghton, and damaged a number of council vehicles.

The windows of ten vehicles were smashed by the offenders and they targeted vehicles including gritters, bin wagons, and vans.

The estimated damage caused is around £4000.

Neighbourhood Insp Lisa Musgrove said: “Enquiries are ongoing into this mindless vandalism. The actions of whoever is responsible for these damages costs the whole community as the council are going to have to pay to have the vehicles repaired and put back on the roads. If anyone knows who is responsible I’d urge them to contact police as soon as possible.”

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman added: “This attack on council property is an attack on our community. We hope people will come forward and work with us to find those responsible, and help send out a strong message that we won’t tolerate this kind of anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone with any information into the damage is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.