A POLICE probe has been launched after yobs damaged the RNLI lifeboat station in Hoylake.

Merseyside Police were called at around 8.20am on Monday, November 18 following reports of criminal damage at the North Parade lifeboat station.

A newly installed bike stand and letterbox were both damaged and plants had been destroyed.

In a statement, RNLI Hoylake lifeboat station said: "We are sorry to report that unfortunately a large amount of damage was done to Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station and the surrounding area.

"Attempts were made to break into our postbox and to remove the new bike maintenance stand installed by Wirral Council, resulting in damage to the cabinet.

"Landscaping around the boathouse was also destroyed and littered around the car park.

"We want to reassure our supporters that no damage was done to our lifesaving assets and the ability of our volunteer crew to respond to emergency incidents is unaffected.

"However, if anybody in the community has any information about this incident, we would ask them to report it to Merseyside Police.

"As part of the charity that saves lives at sea, we would like to thank you for your continued support."

Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police via social media @MerPolCC, call 101 quoting reference number 19100673680 of 18 November, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.