Visitors to North Tyneside beaches are being encouraged to keep an eye on their possessions following a spate of thefts.
Police have issued the advice after several thefts at Cullercoats Bay on Friday, July 3, at 8.50pm.
We want to remind any visitors to our beaches to make sure they do look after their valuables when they visit.Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray
A group of 15 teenage girls left their bags unattended in a pile together while they walked on the beach before another group of teenage girls came and stole the bags that contained phones, cash, jewellery and make-up.
The offenders, wearing beach clothes, ran off towards Cullercoats Metro station. Some of the stolen property was discarded or dropped on the way.
Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray, said: “We want to remind any visitors to our beaches to make sure they do look after their valuables when they visit.
“It’s upsetting to have your valuables stolen, and it can easily be avoided by taking some sensible precautions to keep a watchful eye on your valuables. Unfortunately we do have opportunist thieves who will see an unattended bag and decide to take advantage of the situation and steal it.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.