TWO windscreens were smashed by young yobs pelting vehicles with stones on Sunday night.

Motorists travelling along Normanby Road in Ormesby, Middlesbrough, were left “shocked, angry and upset” after being targeted by a gang of youths who left damaged vehicles in their wake.

Police issued a warning about the dangers of throwing objects at moving vehicles as they urged members of the public to come forward with information about the teenagers involved.

Acting Inspector Mark Doherty from Cleveland Police said: “It is extremely dangerous to throw objects at moving vehicles. The result of a screen smashing whilst people are inside can be catastrophic and could potentially result in a serious injury or worse, death.

“The occupants of these vehicles are understandably shocked, angry and upset and some are now afraid to drive in this area and this is because of the thoughtless and irresponsible actions of these individual youths.

“Throwing stones at vehicles is a criminal offence and this behaviour will be not be tolerated. Anyone found to be carrying out such acts will face the full force of the law.”

The group, thought to be aged between 14 and 16, were seen congregating near St Gabriel’s Church wearing dark clothes around the time drivers were pelted with stones.

They were throwing objects between 7.30pm and 7.50pm on Sunday, with their actions resulting in two windscreens being smashed but no injuries.

Anyone with information about the youths or anyone who witnessed the incidents should call PC Heather Coates quoting 03892 on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.