Vandals delay gritters and cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage

A North Tyneside Council gritter.
A North Tyneside Council gritter.

Vandals delayed the gritting of a well-used route in Whitley Bay as well as caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Litter was strewn, planters destroyed and bins overturned in the middle of Station Road in the early hours of today (Thursday), meaning gritting vehicles could not get down the debris-filled street.

A large clean-up operation got underway at 6am and the salting of the road then followed.

Samantha Dand, North Tyneside Council’s senior manger for local environmental Services, said: “Not only has this mindless vandalism caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage – money which could be much better spent elsewhere – but their actions could have been very dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

“With help from the public, we work very hard to make sure North Tyneside is a clean, attractive and safe place, and it’s extremely disheartening that these criminals have tried to ruin this.

“I would like to thank our teams for their efforts in cleaning and then gritting this area – and I’d like to apologise to anyone affected by the delay.

“We’re looking at CCTV in the area but I would also urge anyone with information to contact the police.”

The council is responsible for treating the borough’s 240-miles of main roads and bus routes, whenever necessary. So far, during the winter, the local authority has salted the roads on 36 occasions.