YOUNG vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage smashing the windows of bus shelters.

A Durham Police spokesperson said five bus shelters in the Newton Hall and Framwellgate Moor areas of Durham have had their windows smashed.

Witnesses describe a group of boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15 as being responsible.

The spokesperson said: "Not only is the vandalism pointless and mindless but it really does affect the members of the community who rely on the busses to get around.

"So far the cost of the damage is in the region of £2,000 and will undoubtedly feature in next years council tax bill.

"Parents could you please speak with your children and remind them that vandalism is criminal damage and criminal damage will get them a criminal record."

Officers from the Framwellgate Moor neighbourhood team are investigating the crimes and are in the process of identifying the youths responsible.

  • Anyone who sees anyone in the act of causing damage contact 999.
  • If they have any further information regarding this or if any children would like to come and speak with us about the damage before police visit them, contact the Framwellgate Moor neighbourhood team on 101 ext 754254 or email