MOTORISTS are being urged to be on their guard after brake and fuel pipes were cut by vandals.
Police have slammed those responsible for the mindless and potentially dangerous damage.
Officers received reports on Saturday morning that brake and fuel pipes had been cut on four cars – two parked in Middle Street, Tynemouth, and two in a nearby street.
Police were called out between 10.50am and 12.35pm but believe the damage could have been caused overnight.
Officers are now appealing for information as well as asking anyone parking in the area to be extra vigilant and check their brakes before they drive off.
Sergeant Steve Nicholson, of North Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “We’re carrying out extensive enquiries to find whoever is responsible for this mindless but potentially very dangerous damage.
“Extra officers are on patrol in the area to answer any concerns people may have and deter any future incidents.
“We’re asking people who have parked their car in the area to be cautious and check their brakes before they drive off.
“Anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously around cars in the area or has any information should contact police.”
He added: “Neighbourhood officers have been making enquiries in the area and have also delivered leaflets and spoken to residents in affected areas to advise motorists of this incident and to be particularly vigilant and to make sure their vehicles are safe and fully working before they set off.
“Affected vehicles are being forensically examined and police are carrying out extra foot patrols to reassure the community.
“Police are taking this matter very seriously and all relevant enquiries are being conducted.
“Fortunately no one was injured as a result of this incident.
“Officers would also like to hear about any issues or concerns that Tynemouth residents have.”
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.