Revellers on a night out in Whitby have been criticised after stealing a vital piece of safety equipment from beside the town’s historic old lifeboat.
These CCTV images show a group of men who are believed to have taken a life belt from the old lifeboat, the Mary Ann Hepworth, which was moored in the harbour near the Swing Bridge.
PC Matthew Rogers of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The life belt is a vital piece of safety equipment and taking it not only put passengers on the boat risk, but whoever stole it, put their own lives at risk and could have easily fallen in the harbour.”
The CCTV images, taken at around 1.30am on Friday June 6, show a man wearing the life belt around his neck while in the company of a group of other men.
Officers are asking members of the public to contact them if they can help identify any members of the group as they could have important information which could assist the investigation.
The man and the rest of the group are then seen to make their way along Golden Lion Bank, onto Flowergate and then Cliff Street before going out of view of CCTV.
Police are appealing to members of the public who either witnessed the belt being taken from the Old Life Boat, have found a life belt discarded in the area, or can help identify any members of the group.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Matthew Rogers or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference number 12140091228 when passing on information.