Thieves target boats at Brundall

THIEVES targeted more than a dozen boats in Brundall.

Nine outboard engines were stolen from vessels moored at Bells Dyke, near Bells Boatyard, overnight on Friday, December 28 while other stolen equipment included batteries, fuel cans, steering controls and a hand-held VHF radio.

At least 13 boats were targeted and officers believe a small boat was used to transport the stolen items to the church moorings in Brundall a short distance away, which is accessed via a footpath in Church Lane.

PC Jon Hopes, from the Broadsbeat team, said: “We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or noticed people acting suspiciously in the area in the days leading up to it.

“We would ask boat owners to make sure they are taking the necessary security measures as the winter months approach.

“Historically at this time of year we tend to see a rise in thefts but boat owners can take simple steps to protect their property by removing all valuables and the outboard engine.”

Witnesses should call PC Hopes on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.