ANGRY residents in South Tyneside have hit out at car vandals who cost them thousands of pounds in car repairs.
Fifteen cars in Nora Street, South Shields, had their doors and panels scratched in one night – leaving owners facing costs of about £300 each.
Full-time student Thomas Hush, 38, suffered damage to three panels of his Renault Megane when the vandals struck overnight on Saturday.
He said: “I have lived in this area my whole life and this is the first car I have had damaged. I’ve lived in this street for a year-and-a-half and this has not happened before.
“I’ve only had the car about three months and this means that it is going to have to be re-sprayed. I’ve no idea why this happened.”
Mr Hush, a student at Northumbria University, said vandalism in Nora Street, which is near South Tyneside District Hospital, is on the rise.
“It used to be fine,” he said. “But it does seem to be getting worse.”
Father-of-three Lee Anderson, 32, also suffered at the hands of the vandals for the second time in about six months.
He is now facing repair costs of about £300 after scratches were made across two panels of his Citroen car.
“You can’t afford to keep getting it repaired,” he said. “Everyone I have spoken to is in the same boat. It’s an expensive inconvenience and it’s getting worse,”
Elsender-Connor, 21, who lives in the street with her wife, is furious about the damage caused to the couple’s two cars – a Ford Focus and Toyota Yaris
“We’ve only had my wife’s car for two weeks,” she said. “I don’t know what it’s going to cost us to get them repaired.
“I don’t know why it has happened. Maybe young kids have just been walking past and done it without realising the cost or how much trouble they’re causing.
“The police should put cameras pointing down the street.”
Police are appealing for witnesses and are carrying out inquiries.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Mindless vandalism such as this might seem like a bit of fun to those doing it but it causes a considerable amount of inconvenience to those affected.
“Extra officers will be in the area providing reassurance to residents and acting as deterr4ent for this sort of behaviour. If anyone has any information or saw anything out of the ordinary in the street overnight from Saturday into Sunday, we’d urge them to get in contact.”
Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 396 170814 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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