VANDALS brought misery to residents during a spate of attacks on cars and homes.

Four cars in Nightingale Place and one in Darling Place, Craghead, near Stanley, County Durham, were damaged on Monday, December 23.

A further three vehicles were targeted last Thursday, in Stanley's Eastfields area.

Police believe the incidents are linked to similar attacks in the area the week before.

At Kirkfield Gardens, in nearby Annfield Plain, a car's tyres were slashed before Christmas, then both headlights were broken on New Year's Day.

A gang of youths, aged between ten and 16, damaged a fence in Elgar Close, Annfield Plain, on December 12.

In nearby Tantobie, residents have lodged complaints about youths causing a nuisance on Friday and Saturday nights, hanging around the community centre.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Stanley police on (01207) 232144.