Footage showing the moment vandals targeted a car showroom has been released by police as they continue the hunt for those responsible.
Officers from Northumbria Police’s Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating the attack at J and M Specialist Cars in Ryton.
Enquiries have established that five men targeted the business based at the Barmoor Garage on Main Road.
Eight vehicles had their bodywork and tyres damaged by the vandals with the total value of losses believed to be well in excess of £10,000.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack but now police are releasing CCTV of those responsible.
They are also looking to identify a vehicle shown in the CCTV that was believed to have been used by those involved.
John Cooper, 39, runs J and M Specialist Cars and says the vandalism has had a “devastating impact” on his business.
He said: “These people have destroyed eight vehicles. They’ve keyed the cars, slashed their tyres and smashed their windows.
“It is of huge financial cost to the business and is absolutely devastating for us. It will have a significant impact on the business.
“I am willing to offer a reward to anyone who can help the police identify those responsible and secure a conviction at court.”
PC Andy Hyde is leading the investigation and today (Friday) appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “I can only describe this as an act of mindless vandalism that has left the business owner out of pocket.
“We are investigating what the motive may be but we know there will be people out there who know those responsible.
“This type of behaviour cannot be allowed to go unchecked and we need to hold these vandals to account.
“If you know those people, the vehicle involved in the CCTV, or can help us identify who they are, then please get in touch.
“Your information, no matter how small, may be the final piece of the puzzle that allows us to crack open this case.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism, or who knows those responsible, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1076 27/10/19
You can also report online at the Northumbria Police website, email email@example.com or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.