Second attempted break-in at lifeboat station

PUBLISHED: 16:08 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:08 03 November 2014

Damage caused to Exmouth Lifeboat Station after the second attempted break-in in six weeks. Picture by Exmouth RNLI

Damage caused to Exmouth Lifeboat Station after the second attempted break-in in six weeks. Picture by Exmouth RNLI

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Exmouth RNLI is again counting the cost of damage to its lifeboat station after falling victim to an attempted break-in for the second time in six weeks.

The incident at the station in Queens Drive took place overnight on November 2.

No money was taken, and the boathouse has now been secured.

During the incident, a laminated glass window panel was smashed, and the perpetrators attempted to break open the station’s large wooden door, causing splintering.

The metal plate covering the donations hole in the shop wall was also removed, but no access could be gained to the recently emptied box inside.

The metal plate has been passed to Devon and Cornwall Police for evidence.

The lifeboat was previously subject to an attempted break-in on September 16.

Lifeboat operations manager Kevin Riley said: “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 the local community are very upset about what’s happened, especially as this is the second time in six weeks.

“The glass panel is being replaced yet again, but that obviously costs and spending money on repairs is an added financial burden to the charity when we’d rather it was spent on saving lives at sea.

“In September, it cost us £470 to repair the damage and it will be substantially more this time, close to the cost to train a crew volunteer for a year.

‘We are extremely grateful to people offering to help, through our social media channels.

“The best way to donate online is through www.rnli.org.uk where there is an option to type in ‘Exmouth’ towards the end of the process.

“You can also drop off cheques payable to Exmouth RNLI, or cash to our boathouse on Queens Drive.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number CR/119397/14.

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