POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a crime spree during which the tyres of 20 cars were slashed in one night.

The culprit used a sharp implement to gash or puncture one or two tyres on vehicles in Grey Street, High Hope Street, West Road and Arthur Street, Crook.

PC Mick Trodden, of Bishop Auckland CID, said: "The fact someone was carrying a sharp implement around is a concern in itself.

"These were acts of wanton criminal damage that have been a real inconvenience, a waste of time and money for the car owners."

The incidents all happened between 5pm last Wednesday and 10am the following day.

Witnesses or anyone who has any information can call police on 0845 60 60 365 or Bishop Auckland CID on (01388) 603566.