Mindless thieves grab lifeboat fuel

A LIFEBOAT manager has spoken of his disgust after 70 litres of fuel were stolen from a charity base.

Thieves broke into a secure container outside Craster RNLI’s lifeboat house in West End between 8am on Wednesday, April 27, and noon on Friday, April 29.

It is the first time in the 40-year history of the lifeboat station that a theft like this has taken place and lifeboat operations manager Kev Brown said he is now concerned that the culprits could come back.

“This is just a sad sign of the times,” he said. “They were desperate to get the petrol but if they are stealing that, it makes you wonder what else they are going into as well?

“Fortunately, the lifeboat is always refuelled as soon as it comes back in and the petrol which was taken is stuff that we store.

“But it happened over a bank holiday, which means it is more difficult to get it in the first place.

“The problem is the hassle that it causes. We have to get a new fuel store and build something more secure as well as replace the petrol.”

Crew members noticed that the petrol had been taken after returning from an exercise on Friday.

They went to refuel the boat and found the store had been broken into.

“We replaced the fuel on Saturday morning, but we have to go to Seahouses to do it. The cost of the fuel was about £100.

“We had to notify the police, the operations department and then had questions from the RNLI about it and then we have to sort out the finances to replace everything.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the crime or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time to contact them on 03456 043 043 ext 69191.