Search and rescue equipment stolen from van in Southend

Police are appealing for information following a theft from a vehicle in Southend where expensive search and rescue equipment was taken.

Equipment which is used to save people’s lives in rescue situations, including a camera worth a five-figure sum, was taken from a black Ford Transit van at the Camelia Hotel in Eastern Esplanade at around 8pm on January 4.

If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, you can submit a report at or use the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote the crime reference number 42/2159/24.