Appeal after attempted break-in at Exmouth RNLI

PUBLISHED: 09:35 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:35 19 September 2014

Damage left after an attempted break-in at Exmouth Lifeboat Station. Photo by RNLI/Exmouth.

Damage left after an attempted break-in at Exmouth Lifeboat Station. Photo by RNLI/Exmouth.

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Exmouth RNLI is appealing for witnesses after an attempted break-in at the lifeboat station, thought to be an attempt to steal charity donations.

The incident happened overnight on Tuesday, September 16.

A glass window was smashed, but nothing was taken.

Exmouth RNLI lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley said: “We’re not sure exactly when it happened, but the station was secure on Tuesday night and we discovered this damage the following morning, so it must have been at some point over the course of the night.

“It appears the thieves broke the glass and were trying to get a collection box out, but fortunately they didn’t manage to.

‘It’s extremely disappointing to think that somebody would want to cause damage to our lifeboat station building and attempt to steal money that has been donated by members of the public.

“The crew and local community are very upset about what’s happened as it’s not something we’d ever expect.

“The broken glass has been temporarily repaired and a new panel of glass is on its way, but this obviously costs and spending money on repairs is an added financial burden to the charity when we’d rather it was spent saving lives at sea.

“If anybody knows who may have committed this incident I’d urge you to contact the police.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police, quoting crime reference number CR/107249/14.

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