A POTENTIALLY life-saving service has been targeted by vandals in Crook.

Police are appealing for information after a data wire on the NHS Breast Screening Trailer was damaged at the Medical Centre, on Hope Street.

Damage was caused sometime between Friday, May 11, and Monday, May 14.

Crook Police, writing on Facebook, said: "Units such as this are incredibly important to the local community.

"They provide access for women to have a breast cancer screening for those less able to attend North Tees Hospital.

"The prevalence of breast cancer is high in England and for a unit like this to be potentially out of use could mean missed appointments which may be detrimental to early detection of breast cancer."

Staff at the unit have also reported issues with youths congregating around the trailer in the evening, leaving lots of litter for the staff to tidy up in the morning.

Officers are urging parents to remind children to take their litter home and "behave more respectfully" in the community.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Durham Police on 101, quoting CRI00124295.