Thieves steal canoes in Wells Harbor


Several dinghies were stolen from Wells-next-the-Sea harbor, prompting a police warning against “opportunistic thieves”.

PC Paul Bassham said: “Over the past 12 weeks, a number of lifeboats moored in the port of Wells-next-the-Sea have been stolen.

“These cost around £ 350 to replace, which is why we encourage owners to keep an eye on their equipment. “

In one incident, a Seago 230 inflatable boat was stolen from Beach Road harbor between 3 p.m. on Saturday October 31 and 10 p.m. on Monday November 2.

And a Waveline inflatable boat was stolen from the harbor between 6 p.m. on November 1 and 10 a.m. on November 2, after perpetrators cut off two bike locks securing the ship.

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A spokesperson for the Broads Beat Police Team said: “As part of the Norfolk Police Boat Watch program, we continue to conduct our high visibility patrols along the coast, but we strongly encourage boat owners to watch not only their own boats, but all boats – especially for owners who may live far away or protect themselves.

“Please make sure to keep a detailed list of your navigation equipment, including serial numbers, which are the first line of defense against thieves, which is invaluable if your property is stolen.

“It will also improve our chances of prosecuting offenders. “

Police also recommend that boat owners mark their valuables with their postal code, to make them less attractive to thieves and easier to identify in the event of theft.

Anyone with information on dinghy flights should contact PC Bassham on 101.

Broads Beat Agents are based in Hoveton and promote the use of Boatshield which is a crime prevention initiative providing a helpful booklet with tips and a place to record boats serial, model, Hin and Vin numbers, outboards, chart plotters and trailers.

They also send periodic maritime crime and intelligence alerts via email. To receive them, contact the police by sending an email to [email protected]

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