Graffiti yobs scratch initials MMD on cars

A spate of car vandalism has swept through two Northumberland communities – and police believe the attacks are connected.

Over the past month, 11 vehicles have been damaged in Morpeth, while another six were vandalised in Widdrington Station.

In every case, the offender scratched panels on the cars, leaving the owners with repair bills running into thousands of pounds. In several incidents, the letters MMD were scratched into the paintwork.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Matthew Steel said: “Whoever is causing these damages is upsetting a lot of people and costing motorists a lot of money. I’d ask anyone who thinks they know who is responsible to contact us as soon as possible with any information.

“Although the offences are happening in two different locations, we believe they might be linked and would appeal for anyone in either Morpeth or Widdrington to come forward and pass any information to police.

“I’d also appeal for residents to be vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously around parked cars then they should ring police and report it immediately. We can respond straight away and your actions could help us to stop other crimes from happening.”

The Morpeth incidents happened in Norman Terrace, Shields Road, Charlton Gardens, Hamilton Terrace and the Aged Miners Cottages. In Widdrington cars were damaged in Ena Street and Maple Drive between Saturday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 9.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, ext 69191.