ARSONISTS who set light to shrubbery have left behind a large repair bill after the fire spread.
The blaze happened at 6.10pm on Thursday, April 2, after a bush outside a house in Helmsley Close, in Penshaw was set on fire.
The fire caused considerable damage to a fence, trees and guttering.
No one was injured during the incident.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 955 of 02/04/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.