Crimestoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals responsible for slashing the tyres of around 400 vehicles.
In the latest attack on vehicles in the Lynemouth area, police received reports of around 100 cars having their tyres punctured.
This is the sixth time this type of offence has happened in the area this year, and due to the large number of incidents and the similarities in way they have been carried out police believe they are linked and could have been committed by the same person or people.
The latest spate takes the total number of cars damaged in the attacks to around 400 since January.
Now Crimestoppers have stepped into the fray and offered a reward for information on the culprits.
Superintendent Steve Storey of Northumberland area command said: “Whoever is causing these damages is severely damaging the quality of life of people living in the area and it is totally unacceptable.”
He added: “They are putting members of the community at risk if they need to use their cars urgently and are unable to do so. Someone must know who is responsible and I’d urge them to come forward so we can finally put a stop to these damages.
“A lot of these crimes were committed in residential areas and I’d appeal to anyone who has private CCTV on their homes or garages, which may have captured something, to contact us as soon as possible.
“We need you to contact police if you see anything or hear anything at all that’s suspicious and that could be linked to these damages. A strange noise, someone acting suspiciously, people out late at night, anything.”
Anyone with any information should contact police in Ashington on 03456 043043 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team