Thugs deliberately crashed a car into a house in Hartlepool before setting alight a vehicle parked on the drive in a spate of incidents in a North East town.

At around 7pm on Saturday, January 7, police were alerted after a silver 54 plate Shogun had deliberately crashed into a house on Brunel Close in Hartlepool.

The occupant was not harmed but the house sustained significant structural damage.

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Meanwhile, the householder’s car was set alight at the same time – the crime reference for the incident being 4178.

Police believe several vehicles arrived at the address around the time of the incident, with the Shogun being one of them.

A number of people were then seen leaving the scene afterward.

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Twenty minutes later the suspected Shogun was found burnt out at a location on Verner Close.

Witnesses believe the offenders made off a blue Skoda.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “If you have any information on any of these incidents, please contact Hartlepool CID on the 101 number.”