Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vandals Slash Tyres of 100 Cars

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vandals Slash Tyres of 100 Cars

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Byline: By Daniel Thomson

Scores of families woke to find their Bank Holiday plans in chaos yesterday after vandals disabled over 100 cars in a quiet North-East community.

Up to 200 tyres were slashed in the Monkseaton area of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, in a single night of "malicious" vandalism.

A gang of teenagers, armed with knives and screwdrivers, targeted cars in five streets ( Queens Road, Holywell Avenue, Links Road, St Mary's Avenue and Monkseaton Drive ( in the early hours of the morning.

The alarm was raised when one resident saw a number of youths tampering with his car and chased them from the street.

But the scale of the damage did not become clear until residents woke yesterday morning.

Last night, angry homeowners described the vandalism as "nasty, malicious and small-minded" and estimated the cost of

the damage would run into thousands of pounds.

Northumbria Police last night said they had made two arrests in connection with the incident and were making further enquiries.

It is believed the wrecking spree took two hours between 1am and 3am.

Police say they arrived on the scene at about 2.15am and conducted a search of the area.

A spokesman said: "We discovered a number of cars had been damaged but the scale of the incident did not become apparent until 9am when we started getting more calls from the area."

Yesterday afternoon, at least a dozen police officers were at the scene dealing with complaints from victims.

One homeowner yesterday described how her husband chased some of the raiders out of their street.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said her husband spotted some of the gang vandalising their car.

She said: "My husband saw them stabbing the tyres with a knife before running off down the street. He told me to call the police then jumped in our other car and drove after them. …

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