Police in Northumbria are searching for a stolen beach towel, a force has said.
The blue beach towel went missing from a North Tyneside beach, according to a statement posted on Nortumbria Police's website.
The towel disappeared on Sunday 12 July between 4pm and 5pm at Tynemouth Longsands beach.
Police describe the missing item as "a dark blue towel with 'DRYROBE' written on the front in red and white.
"Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number 43728L/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111," the police said.
10 best beach towels
10 best beach towels
1/10 Deckchair Stripes Beach Towel
This company’s known for their stripy fabrics which can be made up into chairs, cushions and blinds. The range is inspired by, but more colourful than, your average British seaside scene and includes these extra-large beach towels (170 x 100cm) in bright, deep tones, edged with one of their designs. Buy one get one free until 31 July’. From £14, deckchairstripes.com
2/10 Seafolly Fringe Benefits Sherbet Towel
One for the Ibiza ravers, you’ll need to keep your shades on to look at this super-bright, soft cotton towel from the luxury swimwear brand. It’s slightly bigger than your average and the fringing makes it stylish enough for too-cool-for-school Balearic beach clubs. £35, simplybeach.com
3/10 Soak and Sleep Classic Lightweight Towel
Don’t want to lug a heavy bag to the beach? These lightweight cotton towels are typical of the sort used in Turkish baths; they’re absorbent but won’t weigh you down and once dry, can double up as a picnic rug or sarong. We use ours as a gym towel too. Choose from turquoise or pink. £9 each, soakandsleep.com
4/10 Lifeventure Printed Trek Towel
Practical travel towels don’t tend to stand out on the beach. Luckily, Lifeventure, the go-to brand for intrepid backpackers, has made a printed version of their soft, compact trekking towels. They dry much quicker than a fluffy beach towel and won’t take up space in your bag. Comes in three designs. £29.99. lifeventure.co.uk
5/10 John Lewis Pool Poster Beach Towel
Remember the board of rules they used to have at your local pool? Clearly pining after the bad old days when finding a plaster in the slow lane was a weekly occurrence, John Lewis has reproduced the bossy posters in towel form. No bombing, now. £20, johnlewis.com
6/10 Cuddledry SPF 50+ Poncho Towels
Getting kids dry when they come out the sea can be a struggle. Take away the inevitable fight with this cute poncho which doubles as a beach cover-up. The wearable towel’s made using technology that deflects harmful UVA and UVB rays and protects your little one from the sun. They can choose from blue or lilac. £27.99, amazon.co.uk
7/10 Maslin & Co Zebra Hide Towel
If you really want to stand out – and have a big budget for your summer hols – this bright cotton towel in the shape of a zebra hide will help. It comes in a stylish leather holster, gives you loads of space (it’s 178 x 137cm) and comes in some eye-catching shades – we’d plump for this chartreuse. £150, gift-library.com
8/10 Swimwear365 Set of 3 Multi-Coloured Towels
Swimwear365 is known for its all-year-round beach fashion, they also do good-value accessories. This set of three bright, quick-drying microfibre towels feature designs that will appeal to children, teens and adults alike. £24.99 for three, swimwear365.co.uk
9/10 Dickens and Jones Flamingo Beach Towel
Flamingos might be wading birds but we think they make a nice backdrop for when we’re out of the water. This large towel is made from 100 per cent cotton and will keep you sand-free on the beach. £16, houseoffraser.co.uk
10/10 Reserved Towel
We’ll stop short of casting aspersions about who might get down to the pool first, but this fun cotton towel may just help you secure your spot. Please don’t blame IndyBest if any lifeguards don’t see the funny side. £12.01, amazon.co.uk
The plea inspired a wave of puns on Facebook:
Undeterred, Northumbria police have since posted an update on Facebook, complete with puns of their own - and a second plea for help.