Gang of youths threw mud and rocks at passing cars on Sunderland estates

A gang of youths threw mud and rocks at passing cars on a Sunderland estate – which lead to increased police patrols in the area.

Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 12:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 2:23 pm
The incident happened on Tay Road, Sunderland.

Police were called to Tay Road, which links the Grindon and Thorney Close estates, to reports of youths throwing items at passing vehicles.

No one is believed to have been injured and there are no reports of damage to any of the vehicles.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 5.20pm on Tuesday, November 26, we received a report of anti-social behaviour in the Tay Road area of Sunderland.

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“It was reported that a group of youths were throwing mud and rocks at passing vehicles.

“Officers attended the area but the youths had already left the scene.

“Nobody was believed to have been injured and police increased patrols in the area.

“Anyone with concerns is asked to call us on 101.”

Councillor for Grindon and Thorney Close, Stephen O’Brien has condemned the actions of the youths.

He said: “Both Grindon and Thorney Close are understandably concerned about the incident. I dread to think what would have happened if a rock or bottle had broken a window and hit a driver or passenger.

"It's not the first time things have been thrown at people driving down Tay Road in recent weeks, and the situation probably isn't helped by the fact that there's been a series of temporary traffic lights slowing down traffic. I understand that the local police are patrolling along Tay Road more regularly than usual, which is welcome.”