RNLI radio thieves put lives at risk

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THIEVES who stole a radio belonging to the RNLI in South Shields have been told they’re putting lives at risk.

A lifeguard hut in Sea Road was broken into between 6.30pm on Wednesday and 9am yesterday, and a pair of binoculars and a Horizon radio handset and charger were taken.

The radio is of no use to anyone other than RNLI staff, and police are appealing for its return.

Inspector Dave Hudson of South Tyneside Police said: “Whoever has committed this crime has potentially put people’s lives at risk, as the RNLI use the radios to help rescue people and respond to emergencies.

“If anyone knows where it is, I’d ask that they let police know, or if someone has it then I’d urge them to return it.”

Anyone with any information about the theft or stolen items is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.