A COUNCILLOR whose house has been vandalised believes the attack was in retaliation to his strong stance against off-road biking.

Darlington Borough Councillor Kevin Nicholson said one of the windows of his house was smashed in the early hours of this morning.

He believes the action was in response to him being outspoken about the problem of nuisance off-road bikes in the town.

Police and the council have been trying to prevent illegal riding of vehicles in town, particularly the Red Hall, Springfield Park, Firthmoor and Skerne Park areas, for the best part of two decades.

Cllr Nicholson, who represents the Eastbourne Ward and is cabinet member for health and housing, has been one of the loudest voices calling for a robust response from police.

He said he would not be deterred from speaking out, following the vandalism to his home.

Cllr Nicholson said he was shaken from the incident but would not allow vandals to intiminate him.

Sharing CCTV footage of the attack on Twitter, he added: "I will always speak up for my community; and to those who use intimidation. You will not win."