Lifesaving equipment vandalised just days after installation on Gainsborough riverside

Date published: 13 August 2020
Rescue Throwline Cabinet

West Lindsey District Council is appealing for information after a set of brand-new rescue throw-lines were vandalised just less than a week after they were installed!

The Council had invested in the new equipment in a bid to help keep people safe in the town.

Our efforts to invest in the area has been thwarted by some individuals, who not only damaged three cabinets, which contained the vital life-saving equipment but stole the contents. It is believed the incident happened on the evening of Tuesday 11 August.

Grant White, Communities Manager at West Lindsey District Council said:

“It is deeply upsetting and frustrating that someone has decided to attack the recently installed rescue lifelines on Riverside Walk in Gainsborough.

“It is appalling that such vandalism has taken place as this equipment has been installed to save lives. Some people had questioned why we chose the new cabinet equipment to store the safety equipment – it was to protect it as in the past, life savers have also been taken and vandalised and we thought this would be a better solution. It appears this was not the case and we are now left with reduced equipment on the site.

“Images from our CCTV are currently being reviewed to try and identify the individuals responsible.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed people tampering with the rescue lifelines to contact us as soon as possible”.

The new lifesaving equipment was installed on Friday 7 August in partnership with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. Each location has a display board explaining how to access the rescue throw-line alongside a unique location marker to enable emergency services to respond to any incident.

The equipment will be replaced as soon as possible, and CCTV at the West Lindsey District Council’s offices will continue to actively monitor all the locations.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact West Lindsey Customer Services on 01427 676676 or email Alternatively get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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