Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Penshaw Monument Flood Lights Stolen

The new floodlights recently installed at Penshaw Monument, near Sunderland and worth £20,000 have been stolen.

The Philips LED Colour Reach Units were stolen sometime between 17.00 BST on 18 April and 05.00 BST on 20 April.

Thieves used Bolt Cutters to break through security gates and the light casings.

Sunderland City Council said the lights would be of no use to anyone else, but their theft was a frustrating set back to the monuments upgrading project.

Visiting Penshaw Monument.

The 70 foot high Penshaw Monument is managed by the National Trust and is a tribute to the First Earl of Durham and is an iconic landmark for the area.

Access to the top of the monument via a spiral staircase located in one of the supporting pillars can be arranged by guided tour only.

(Advanced booking via the National Trust Website is advised at:

For SAT NAV use DH4 7NJ