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Frinton: Lifesaving equipment snatched in boathouse raid
6:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
LIFESAVING equipment worth hundreds of pounds was stolen in a raid the headquarters of Frinton’s seafront team.
Crooks smashed their way into the seafront base in an overnight break-in, ransacking the building and stealing vital gear belonging to the team.
They broke in through the roof of the boathouse on Lower Promenade, causing extensive damage.
Once inside they turned the building upside down in the search for valuable items, escaping with two pairs of binoculars worth a total of £200, and tool kits valued at £300.
The equipment was used by the Tendring Council-run seafront team in its work through the summer season.
Tendring Council’s coast protection boss Nick Turner said: “Our seafront teams do a first class job and offer an excellent service to both residents and visitors at our main holiday beaches in Tendring.
“I find it deplorable that their equipment, which can be used to help save lives, is stolen and I urge anyone with any information to come forward to help us catch those responsible.”
Staff locked up at 5pm on Monday August 19, and discovered the break-in the following morning when they opened up at 11am.
All valuables have now been removed from the boathouse to be kept in a more secure location.