Vandals target South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade as historic watch house sprayed with graffiti

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade has hit out at vandals who sprayed graffiti on its historic watch house.

By Sophie Brownson
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 5:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 5:33 pm

The incident took place overnight on Monday, June 29, between 9pm and 2am, with vandals spraying a blue graffiti tag onto the window shutters of the watch house based on South Pier.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade said the vandalism took place whilst the team was out attending an emergency incident.

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The South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade watch hut on South Pier, South Shields.

The charity, which relies on fundraising to continue to provide its life saving work, has condemned such acts of vandalism.

Team members have since cleared up the graffiti and the organisation is now urging anyone with information to contact police.

Sharing an image of the graffiti on its Facebook page, South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade said: “After returning from a late call out, team members discovered that the watch house has been vandalised with graffiti.

“We work hard to raise funds to keep the team operational and could do without using funds to correct this, if anyone has information can you contact the police. Thanks.”

Vandals had sprayed graffiti on to the shutters of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade watch house. Image by South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade provides a 24-hour coastal search and rescue back-up in conjunction with HM Coastguard.

The organisation has been operating in the town for 154 years, providing valuable back-up to the Coastguard since it was founded in 1866.

It is currently looking for new team members to help provide search and rescue, communications and first aid support on call outs around the coast from Sunderland to Tynemouth.

The graffiti which had been sprayed onto the shutters at the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade watch hut has now been removed by the team.

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