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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 (3074028)
Detectives appeal for help after lifeboat equipment stolen
by Holly Rummens

SPECIALIST tools have been stolen from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute charity in Formby.

Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a range of specialist tools were taken from a van in Formby.

Between 7.45pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday December 2, unknown offenders broke into an unmarked Vauxhall Vivaro van on Cable Street and took tools and equipment including an industrial torque wrench, Facom tool bag and Solus Pro diagnostic machine.

Some of the tools stolen belonged to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute charity and were engraved with the words ‘RNLI 8’.

Officers have issued photographs of some of the items taken in a bid to trace them and track down the offenders.

Sergeant Charlotte Irlam said: “The RNLI is a charity that provides a very valuable service to Merseyside and across the UK.

”For them to lose specialist equipment such as this is understandably upsetting.

“These are very specialist items and we would appeal to anyone who may have seen them, or been offered them for sale, to get in touch.”

Merseyside Police have also issued general advice to vehicle owners.

Sergeant Irlam added: “Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your vehicle. If at all possible, leave nothing on view, never leave valuable items in your car, wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen, never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door and always close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.”

Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3746/3702 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.


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