Rabbit uninjured following hutch blaze

A PET rabbit escaped unscathed after its hutch was set on fire in a garden in North Shields.

Thugs broke into the garden of a home in Balkwell Green between 11pm on Friday evening 8am the following day.

It is believed that the fire was put out by the rain, however substantial damage was caused.

The incident is being treated as arson and any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 ext 69191.