Police have launched an investigation following a suspected ram raid in Sunderland city centre.

Shortly before 3am today (Thursday), police were called to the Flannels store on Fawcett Street after reports that a vehicle had been ramming down the shutters.

After gaining access to the store, individuals stole a number of items before making off in two vehicles.

One of the vehicles, a silver Toyota Avensis, was later found by officers abandoned in the Walker area of Newcastle.

A second vehicle, a black Peugeot 306, which is believed to have also been involved, remains outstanding.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible, and detectives have now appealed to the public for information – especially witnesses who may have mobile phone or dashcam footage that can assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 86 110719 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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