Bikers throw paint on Sunderland house as police investigate potential link to previous trouble in Southwick

An inquiry is underway after bikers left a house covered in paint in the latest incident in a troubled Sunderland street.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 6:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th April 2020, 6:55 pm

Northumbria Police has said it will look at whether there is a link with other disorder in Ridley Street in Southwick as part of the investigation into the damage.

It is believed four men on two motorbikes threw black paint over the front of a house before riding off.

The attack happened a week after a fight broke out in the street, leading to violence, damage and car fires.

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Paint was thrown during the incident, which happened in Ridley Street in Southwick on the night of Easter Sunday.

One resident, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “All I want is peace and quiet.

“The police are visiting here 24 hours a day, it’s so serious.

“I want to be able to open my door and for friends to be able to say hello to each other, but at the moment, it’s horrendous.”

A police spokesperson said: “At about 9.45pm on Easter Sunday, police received a report of criminal damage to a property in Ridley Street in the Southwick area of Sunderland.

“Officers attended the scene and it was reported that four men had ridden up to the address on two motorcycles before throwing paint at the windows and riding away from the area.

“Inquiries to identify those involved are ongoing but anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could assist police, is asked to report it on the Northumbria Police website by quoting log 1118 12/04/20.

“We will investigate whether there is any link with previous reports of disorder on Ridley Street and will continue to keep an open mind as our investigation progresses.”

David Clark, 35, his partner Leigh Coulson, 31, both of Gordon Terrace, Shaun McGregor, 31, of Beechwood Crescent, Marley Pots, and Luke Owen, 33, of Beatty Avenue, Town End Farm, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week to face charges in connection with the alleged incident on Sunday, April 5.

They will next appear before Newcastle Crown Court on May 5.

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