Tyre thieves on the prowl

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THIEVES have been stealing spare tyres from parked vans.

During the past week, police have received four reports of spare tyres being stolen from Transit vans parked in Ayton Avenue, Coniston Avenue, Highfield Road and Quarry Street, Sunderland

Overnight on Sunday, a Transit van in Rose Street was targeted, but the tyre was not stolen.

Superintendent Jim Napier said: “In all of these cases the tyre was stored underneath the vehicle and securely attached, so it would’ve taken someone quite some time to try to steal it.”

Witnesses can contact police on 101.