Schoolboys arrested after allegations mob trashed homes in Bonfire Night wrecking spree

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POLICE are investigating claims around 30 people ran amok in a village and caused hundreds of pounds in damage.

Peterlee Police took the rare step of going into an East Durham secondary school to arrest four teenagers believed to have been involved in carnage in the Shotton Lane area on Bonfire Night.

Three other people have since been arrested, and police have identified more than 20 others they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which saw cars, homes and fencing belonging to 10 victims damaged.

Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Police, said: “We are investigating an incident which occurred on Bonfire Night in Shotton Colliery where there was damage to several people’s properties.

“We identified several juveniles we wanted to speak to so we took the step to go and arrest them at school.

“About 30 people were involved in the incident, which saw them running around Shotton Colliery causing damage. This had a significant impact on the local community and we are doing everything we can to prevent it happening in the future and to bring those responsible to justice.”

All those arrested have been bailed pending further inquiries. Police are appealing for anyone with information to call them on 101.