South Shields rescue team volunteer makes plea after vital kit is stolen from his car

A rescue team volunteer has made a plea to be reunited with items of his kit after a thief broke into his car.

Self-employed cleaner Brandon Evitt has launched an appeal in the hope of finding two jackets after they were stolen from his Nissan Micra as it was parked up in the Westoe Crown Village area of South Shields on Friday, March 27.

He believes the theft happened between 6am and 4pm, with a yellow and black Keela Munro search and rescue jacket and a black soft-shell Keela jacket with the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade logo on the chest area taken.

The 25-year-old has recently become operational with the team as a response officer as he continues his coastguard rescue training.

Photos of the jackets shared by Brandon Evitt as he appeals to get them back.

He has asked anyone who finds them to get in touch with the brigade.

Northumbria Police has been informed of the theft.

Brandon said: “We provide 24-7 cover as a service to local people in distress along the coast and we’re all volunteers.

“It’s rubbish to have these stolen.

“It’s property which belongs to the South Shields Volunteer Brigade and it’s quite expensive.

“I’m just appealing in the hope we can get it back.

“If anyone has seen anyone with these items please get in touch, I just want them returned to myself, as they are vital pieces of protective foul weather clothing.”