CCTV images have been released after a thief stole precious tributes left in memory of a teenager killed in a car crash.
Football shirts, photos and even skateboards were left at Princess Anne skate park in Washington in tribute to Shane Sloan.
The popular skater lost his fight for life five days after his car collided with a lamppost on the Mount Pleasant Road.
Family and friends flocked to the skate park he loved to leave items in his memory.
But, days later, the 18-year-old’s mum Caron Heatherington was heartbroken to discover a thief had taken everything.
Now, six months after his death, police have released CCTV pictures to the Echo of a man at the skate park who they hope can help with their inquiries into the incident.
Mrs Heatherington, 47, who visited the site where Shane was killed to lay a wreath on Christmas Day, said: “It’s terrible. Every single thing that had been put there had been taken.
“It was a total shock. There were football shirts, photos, teddy bears, skateboards – not a thing was left.”
Shane, a former Biddick School pupil, known as Shorty, touched the lives of many.
Relatives and pals have rallied round to carry out fund-raising events, including a memorial night at Herrington club, to raise funds to pay for a plaque and two benches at the park.
Artists from Oxclose and District Young People’s Project have also graffitied Shane’s name, date of birth and the day he died on walls of the park.
“It’s a really special place for us,” Mrs Heatherington, of Penshaw, said. “It means a lot that all this has been done and that he meant so much to everyone.”
The plaque has now been put in place and it is hoped the benches will be ready in February.
Shane was gearing up to graduate from Hylton Road College where he had been studying mechanics to work at his stepdad Dave’s Bishop Auckland garage.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.