A FISHING instructor has had more than £400 of equipment stolen.
Geoff Moon’s van was broken into in Prospect Row, in Sunderland’s East End, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“I just want people to be aware it’s been stolen before someone tries to sell it on,” said the 49-year-old.
The Welcome Tavern landlord set up We-ar Fishing in 2009 to coach adults and children to fish.
Geoff has a number of school and youth group bookings to attend, but will be without valuable equipment, including rods and reels.
“Fortunately, I have some other equipment to use for now,” he said. “But not enough.
“Some of the kids won’t be able to take part.
“It’s a shame for them that they will be restricted.
“I’m going to have to go out and buy some more gear now because I can’t let the kids down.”
Geoff is applying for funding from Gentoo so he can continue working with Academy 360, in Pennywell.
“They love it,” he said. “The endorsement I got from Pennywell 360 was unbelievable.
“It’s more than just teaching them to fish. I teach them about nutritional values and food preparation.
“I’ve developed my business up, so this is a bit of a setback, but I’m sure I’ll bounce back.”
Northumbria Police hasconfirmed that at 11.10am on Tuesday, they received a report that a van had been broken into in Prospect Row.