olice Broads Beat Boat – pictured earlier on Whitlingham Broad © The Eye Snapper

Broadsbeat officers are appealing for witness to come forward after more than nine crimes have been recorded at Hickling broad.
The crimes happened overnight between Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September 2016 where several boat houses have been broken into. Five Outboard Engines have been stolen from the site and damage has been caused when the suspects have entered the properties.

Beat Manager for the Broads, PC Paul Bassham, said: “This is likely to have been a planned crime spree with Outboard Engines the intended target. We have started to see an increase in Marine related crime over the last month and would like to remind people to stay resilient. I would urge any members of the public who have information about this crime or witnessed any suspicious behaviour on the Broads to contact me.

“I would also like to reassure members of the boating community that we patrol the Broads regularly by both land and water and offer free crime prevention advice. As part of a number of tactics to tackle crime around the Broads we also offer Outboard Engine covers. These can be purchased from a number of Marine outlets around The Broads Network including where we are based at Hoveton Police station or by sending an email request to us.”

More information can be found on the Broadsbeat link via The Norfolk Constabulary website.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crimes, has information or wishes to join our Boatshield email alert, should contact PC Paul Bassham from the Broadsbeat team on 101 or on Broadsbeat@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.