THIEVES have stolen vital equipment from a lifeguard organisation in Whitley Bay.
The RNLI’s mobile unit on the promenade was broken into during the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations between 6pm on Monday and 10am Tuesday.
Raiders made off with a number of items including radios, a mobile phone and a bike.
RNLI lifeguards are continuing to operate their daily beach safety patrols, although the mobile unit was temporarily out of action to allow for a clean-up operation.
Gavin Hughes, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “It is hard to understand why thieves would target our lifeguard unit.
“As a charity, the RNLI relies on public donations to pay for our lifesaving equipment and we were very upset to discover the break in at the start of our shift on Tuesday.
“We will now be looking at providing additional security, which will mean even more of our supporters’ contributions diverted away from saving lives.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft.