Theft of life-saving equipment angers Clarke

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Alliance Newcastle area Councillor Patrick Clarke has strongly condemned the recent theft of vital life-saving equipment which was stolen recently from the RNLI Lifeguard hut near Murlough beach after it was broken into over the July holidays. Two pairs of binoculars, which the lifeguards use to scour both the beach and water, and an air horn, used to alert people to possible dangers were stolen as well as damage to the lifeguard hut as the thieves forced entry. Clarke stated, “Thankfully the stolen equipment was replaced immediately by the RNLI, and did not jeopardise the safety of swimmers and beach goers at Murlough Beach which during this prolonged hot spell has seen been Murlough beach packed every day. “There can be no doubt that the perpetrators had no regard whatsoever for the health and well-being of the many people using Murlough beach and the dangers which could have been caused by the lifesaving equipment being stolen. “Lifeguards carry out an important and vital service along Murlough beach protecting swimmers and beach users so I cannot understand why thieves would wish to hinder this by targeting and stealing life-saving equipment. Clarke added, “I would appeal to anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the PSNI.”
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