Crimestoppers is offering a £5,000 reward for information that leads to a stolen lighthouse lantern, one of only three in the world, being recovered.

It’s feared that the rare lantern, described as a a vital piece of English coastal heritage, could have been moved from Devon to the West Mercia, West Midlands or Bristol areas.

There is a race against time to stop £1million-worth of equipment being melted down.

The lantern was originally installed at Hartland Point Lighthouse, North Devon, and was due to be reinstalled after refurbishment.

A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered by Crimestoppers for information given to the charity exclusively and anonymously that leads to the return of the stolen lighthouse equipment and the conviction of those responsible.

Hartland Point Lantern

Hartland Point Lantern

‘Precious heritage’

Mick Duthie, director of operations at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “It’s so incredibly important for us to protect our precious heritage and that includes key historic structures such as lighthouses on our coastline.

“It’s sad to think that criminals have stolen vital equipment dating back to the 1800s – one of only three in the world.

“Our charity is here to help and gives people the option of staying completely anonymous whilst doing the right thing.

“Every day, over a thousand people use our anonymous online form at or call our UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111.

“We’ve kept our promise of anonymity to everyone who has trusted us since we began in the late 1980s.

“If you have information, please don’t stay silent but speak up – no matter how small you think that information may be, it could make all the difference.

“With your help, we can protect our treasured heritage.”

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How to claim the reward

Information passed directly to police will not qualify for the reward.

Only information passed to Crimestoppers using the untraceable anonymous online form or via the 0800 555 111 freephone number will qualify.

Please note: Computer IP addresses are never traced and no-one will ever know you contacted Crimestoppers.

For telephone calls, the charity has no caller line display, no 1471 facility and it has never traced a call.