A report of a stolen vehicle has led to a search across an area of Sunderland.
Northumbria Police was called at 11.45am today after details of the theft in Hylton Bank in South Hylton were passed on to officers.
Marked vehicles were seen in the area as inquiries got under way.
A spokesman for the force said: "A search of the area is on-going to trace the driver of the vehicle."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.