Thieves have burgled the RNLI in County Down, stealing two pairs of binoculars and an airhorn.
The burglars broke into the RNLI lifeguard hut on Murlough beach, Newcastle, sometime between 6.15pm on Sunday and 10.10am on Monday.
They forced the door of the hut, damaging it and stole two sets of binoculars and an airhorn.
Sgt Michael Clarke said: “This is a particularly thoughtless crime and the burglars have obviously no concern for the potential consequences of their actions.
“The items stolen are used by lifeguards to scan for swimmers in danger and to alert them to potential danger. hey are left in the hut for the obvious reason that they will constantly be available at a moment's notice to lifeguards responding to beach users in distress.”
He appealed for anyone with information about the theft to contact police at Newcastle on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.