A mum today spoke of her shock after a police car smashed through a garden wall just yards from where her children play following the pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle.
The BMW patrol car collided with a wall in Gosforth Avenue in South Shields at around 4.20pm on Saturday.
The vehicle had been in pursuit of a black Renault Clio which had failed to stop for police.
No-one was injured during the incident and two men, aged 19 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.
The occupants of the property with the damaged wall have been spoken to by police and the area was cordoned off while the wall is made safe.
Emergency services were at the scene to assist with the removal of the police vehicle.
A woman who lives just a few doors away in Gosforth Avenue told the Gazette that her four children often play in the street.
“I’d just got out of the bath and came to the door for a cigarette,” said the mum, 27, who did not want to be named.
“I saw a black car go past quite fast but didn’t think anything of it.
“The next thing there was a massive bang and everything seemed to happen so quickly with the police car ending up in the garden.
“I think there was just one person in the car and they weren’t hurt.”
The mum added: “I usually let my kids play out in the street when the weather’s nice, but they were naughty so I grounded them.
“I’m glad I did because who knows what could’ve happened to them if they were out there at the time.”
A man who also lives in Gosforth Avenue, but did not want to be named, said: “I was playing on my XBox game, a car rally game in fact, when I heard the huge bang I thought: “this can’t be off the game”.
“I came out and saw the aftermath of it. There’s a lot of rumours going about as to how it happened.
“I normally take my dog for a walk up there but it wasn’t feeling well so I’m glad I didn’t.”