POLICE are appealing for witnesses after the theft of a Mercedes car’s exhaust system on an industrial estate.

The white car was targeted on Tudhoe Industrial estate, near to Spennymoor, around 7pm on Tuesday, March 20.

The thief took the Mercedes entire exhaust system including the catalytic converter.

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A man was spotted climbing over a fence heading away from the car with the stolen exhaust system.

PC Jason Quye said: "We are very keen to talk to the owner of a blue transit van that was seen in the area at the time.

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or who remembers the blue transit van to get in touch."

Anyone who can help with enquiries should call the PC Quye, of Bishop Auckland Police, on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.