Watch window being smashed at Sunderland politician Julie Elliott's office as police make CCTV appeal

CCTV footage of a man smashing the front window of a Sunderland politician’s office has been released by detectives investigating the incident.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 2:22 pm

Shortly after 11.10pm on Saturday, November 9, officers received a report of criminal damage at the office of prospective Member of Parliament Julie Elliott on Norfolk Street.

It was reported that a man had smashed the window of the premises and was acting aggressively, before leaving the area.

Julie Elliott posted on her Facebook page after the CCTV footage was released.

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She said: “Northumbria Police have released this image of the man who bricked my office on 9th November - I’m sure people who know him will recognise him.

“I know from the hundreds of messages of support I’ve received that this attack has shocked the vast majority of people in Sunderland, whatever their politics.

“There is no place for this behaviour in our great city.”

An investigation was launched into the incident of criminal damage and officers have now released CCTV footage showing a man moments before the incident.

Damage to the office in Norfolk Street

Ms Elliott said: “It’s very upsetting and it’s very worrying for my staff.

“People can have political debates with me that’s absolutely fine – but this is not the way to behave in politics or in life.”

Officers are now asking for the public to help identify the individual in question, who may be able to assist with the ongoing enquiries.

Sunderland politician Julie Elliott

Detective Constable Paul Burrows, of Northumbria Police, said: “Intentional acts of criminal damage are totally unacceptable and we are committed to taking robust action against anybody found responsible.

“Enquiries are ongoing into this incident, and while nobody was hurt, we are taking it incredibly seriously.

“We are now asking members of the public to look at the individual pictured and come forward if they recognise him – he could have valuable information that can assist with the investigation.”

The man, or anyone who recognises him, is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 1195 091119 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.