Thieves who stole more than 200 bars of steel from a South Tyneside engineering company are being sought by police.
The metal, weighing a total of 26 tons and valued at £21,000, was taken from the compound of Simco Engineering on the Simonside Industrial estate.
Each bar weighs 200 kilos, and police say a crane or a team of at least eight people would have been needed to lift them onto a truck.
A skip full of scrap metal was also taken during the break-in.
It is believed the metal will have been smelted down for sale.