A teenager has been arrested after a 'targeted attack' that saw two pig heads left outside a North East pub at the weekend,. 

Police received a report of suspicious activity at the Coach and Horses on Durham Road in Birtley, near Chester-le-Street at 6.45am on Saturday morning (August 12).

It was reported that a vehicle had pulled up outside the premises and a number of people and began causing damage.

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The offenders left two pig heads at the scene before leaving the area.

One of the heads was nailed to the front door of the Coach and Horses and the other was attached to a road sign nearby.

A Force spokesperson said: “Officers have arrested a 19-year-old man as part of an ongoing investigation into a targeted attack at a Birtley pub.

“At around 6.45am on Saturday, police received a report of criminal damage at the Coach and Horses on Durham Road. 

“Police are taking the incident seriously and enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.

“A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and has since been released on bail.

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“We will absolutely not tolerate disorder of this kind and would ask anyone with information to get in touch.

“Please call l 101, or use the ‘Tell us Something page on our website, quoting log NP-20230812-0270.

“Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”