YOUNG yobs have been caught throwing stones at buses and homes.
Police have stepped up patrols in Hall Lane estate, Houghton, after fed-up residents reported the vandals.
Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers are operating in the area to stop further incidents, identify those involved and arrest them.
Police have also been going back to the classroom to talk to young people about antisocial behaviour and the consequences if they become involved in it.
Lisa Musgrove, Neighbourhood Inspector for the area, said: “We know these incidents have been affecting residents which is why we introduced this operation.
“It’s also particularly important we up our patrols now with it being the school holidays.
“It’s often only a small number of individuals responsible for this behaviour, but this is enough to have a negative impact on the community.
“Youngsters also need to be aware of the consequences of their actions. Causing damage by stone throwing could result in them getting a criminal record, affecting their future career choices.”
Councillor Harry Trueman, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, added: “We can all work together to make sure these isolated incidents come to an end.”