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Van­dals caused thou­sands of pounds of dam­age to cars when they went on a tyres­lash­ing spree in Sun­der­land.

Nu­mer­ous house­hold­ers in the Pal­lion area of the city have been left foot­ing the bill fol­low­ing the ram­page.

Res­i­dents woke up yes­ter­day to find their cars had been at­tacked late on Mon­day night and into the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

Po­lice were car­ry­ing out door-to-door in­quiries in the area, with cars in up to eight dif­fer­ent streets hit.

The at­tacks took place in streets in­clud­ing An­field Street, Pal­lion Park, En­field Street, Or­chard Street, Ox­ford Street and Ex­eter Street.

Anand Mu­nisamy, 36, was left count­ing the cost af­ter yobs slashed all four of the tyres on his car in Pal­lion Park.

The Bar­clays Bank worker said he had lived in the area for five years and never had any trou­ble like this be­fore.

He said: “I’ve only had the car two months, it is go­ing to cost about £250 to re­place all the tyres. It is re­ally up­set­ting that this sort of thing can hap­pen.”

Anand’s neigh­bour Tracey Vick­ery, 38, said her daugh­ter told her the car alarm was go­ing off at about 11.45pm and she could hear voices out­side.

The hospi­tal worker said: “I looked out of the win­dow, but couldn’t see any­one and the car looked OK.

“It wasn’t un­til we came down this morn­ing and re­alised two of the tyres had been slashed.”

“I am so an­gry about it, be­cause you work re­ally hard for what you have got and then some peo­ple think it is just fun and games go­ing around slash­ing peo­ple’s tyres. They have even been on to peo­ple’s drives to slash the tyres.”

Tracey, said one of her neigh­bours saw two peo­ple in the street with a knife around the same time.

Her mum-in-law, Joy Vick­ery, said: “I am pleased no one went out to con­front them, be­cause any­thing could have hap­pened. You can re­place a tyre, but not a life.”

In Or­chard Street at least eight cars were at­tacked.

James Wor­rell, 26, a ma­rine en­gi­neer, said his car had two tyres slashed.

He said: “We heard the dog bark­ing, some­time af­ter mid­night, but didn’t think any­thing of it. Then this morn­ing I found out what had hap­pened.”

A Northum­bria Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice have re­ceived nu­mer­ous re­ports of dam­age to mo­tor ve­hi­cles around the Pal­lion area and Mill­field area of Sun­der­land.

“Of­fi­cers have been study­ing CCTV of the in­ci­dent and there will be ex­tra pa­trols in the area for re­as­sur­ance.

“In­quiries are on­go­ing and any­one with in­for­ma­tion should get in touch on 101.”

Joy Vick­ery and daugh­ter-in-law Tracy Vick­ery, of Pal­lion Park, who had two tyres slashed on her car. In­set, dam­age to one of sev­eral other ve­hi­cles.

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