New appeal for witnesses

POLICE have reissued an appeal to help find the alleged driver of a stolen bus which caused havoc in a quiet street.

Detectives at Peterlee CID are keen to trace a 20-year-old man from Trimdon Village said to have driven the Arriva bus which crashed into numerous vehicles, garden walls and brought down two electricity poles in Marcia Avenue, Shotton Colliery.

The bus had been taken minutes earlier from Peterlee Bus Station.

A 17-year-old male, who is also from Trimdon Village, was arrested shortly after the incident.

He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are also keen to speak to a potential witness who may have seen the bus being driven erratically.

A spokesman for Peterlee CID said: “The bus had no lights on and we believe a man wearing dark clothing, who was with a female, pointed at the bus as if annoyed with the manner of driving and the fact the bus had no lights on at 9.45pm at night.

“If anyone knows the identity and whereabouts of the bus driver, I would ask them to contact the police.”

The Mail previously reported how some residents were left with extensive damage to their cars and about 18 were left without power after electricity cables were brought down following the incident, which took place around 10.20pm on Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peterlee CID on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.