Police are appealing for information after another outboard motor was stolen from a boat in Beccles.

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Seven boat owners have reported that their outboard motors have been stolen in the space of three and a half weeks, and police are urging others to be on the lookout and to take steps to secure their motors.

Four boats have been targeted in Fen Lane, one in Bridge Street and one in The Quay, with the most recent report concerning a boat moored on the river near to the sailing club.

A spokeswoman for the police said there had been a spate of thefts, with two particular spells between December 11 and 22, and December 26 and January 5.

The crimes are being linked and those with information are being asked to come forward.

The spokeswoman said: “We are asking boat owners to be alert and take steps to secure their outboard motors. Some are removable, while some can have covers or locks to make it more difficult to move them.

“We also advise owners to make regular checks and report anything suspicious.”

The most recent theft was a white and blue Honda outboard motor, which was taken from a boat moored on the river near the sailing club at some point between 1pm on Sunday, December 30 and 1pm on Friday, January 4. It’s thought two people would have been needed to move the engine.

The other offences have been in Bridge Street between December 11 and 13; The Quay between December 26 and January 5; and four reported incidents in Fen Lane between December 12 and 13, 12 and 16, 15 and 22, and 30 and 31.

One of the thefts in Fen Lane was a Mercury four-stroke 15hp black engine, which was cut from a cruiser, and another was a motor, a small portable generator and a petrol can.

Anyone with information about the incidents or the thieves is asked to call PC 36 Andrews on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

Further information on the police’s Marine Watch schemes is available from www.suffolk.police.uk

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