A fire that destroyed a stable in East Boldon is suspected to be malicious and is under investigation by fire officers and Northumbria Police.
This is the third incident involving fires at stables in the area in the last few weeks. On April 20, five horses were killed in a fire at stables in Coxgreen Road, New Penshaw and two days later a stable block in John Street, Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring was damaged. Investigators found that both of these fires were started deliberately.
In this incident, stables were left destroyed after a fire in the early hours of May 12. Firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to a storage building at the stables off Station Approach in East Boldon. Two crews attended the scene. Three horses in a stable opposite were unharmed.
Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were vandalised in East Boldon over the weekend.
Four cars parked on North Road had their wing mirrors punched and kicked off overnight between Saturday 16 March and Sunday 17 March.
The vandalism is thought to have been done by a group of young people wearing hoodies between midnight and 12.30 am.
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A small pony has been found dead by a member of the public in South Tyneside. A council team is looking at how to remove it but says it may be tomorrow morning before it can safely take it away.