POLICE in Barnard Castle are warning that someone will be injured or even killed if a stone-throwing craze is not stopped.

Officers are concerned at the number of incidents involving objects being thrown at moving vehicles.

Youths are believed to be responsible, and police are appealing for the public's help in stopping the potentially-fatal incidents.

PC Scott Crowhurst, of Barnard Castle police, said: "It does appear to be a craze among the youths, but it is obviously very dangerous.

"As well as damaging cars and potentially causing an accident, the people responsible are leaving themselves open to attack from irate motorists.

"We need to nip this in the bud now before someone is seriously injured or killed."

In one incident an off-duty police officer had his car damaged by youths who threw stones at his vehicle as he went passed Bowes Museum on Monday, February 19, this year.

One person has been arrested, but police are still appealing for information about the incident. They particularly want to speak a motorist who was in front of the officer, and whose vehicle was also attacked. It happened at about 9.50pm.

"We would like to trace this driver, but would also encourage members of the public to contact us if they witness any other incidents."

PC Crowhurst can be contacted on (01833) 637328.