Video: CCTV footage of thieves stealing sandbags from Great Yarmouth hotel as floods threaten

People fill sandbags in preparation for possible flooding in the Yarmouth area. A town hotelier has hit out after thieves stole sandbags from outside his building. People fill sandbags in preparation for possible flooding in the Yarmouth area. A town hotelier has hit out after thieves stole sandbags from outside his building.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:35 AM

A Great Yarmouth hotelier has captured on CCTV the shocking moment thieves stole sandbags from his doorstep - and left a trail of sand to theirs.

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Edward Shearing, 56, who runs Baron’s Court in Norfolk Square, said he was horrified by the unneighbourly act and wanted to publicly shame the culprits.

And he did not have to go far to find them since one of the bags had split leaving a trail of incriminating sand from his door to theirs, just a stone’s throw away.

“It would be comical really if it weren’t such a serious matter,” he said, adding: “They looked pretty fit and healthy and should have been helping others instead of helping themselves.”

Mr Shearing said like many others he had heeded warnings about the impending floods and visited several stations to collect empty sand bags provided by the borough council.

But because of the “chaotic” press of people there he opted to fill the bags himself with his wife and son in law - helping others at the beach including an old man who was attempting to fill bags with a trowel.

However having gone backwards and forwards several times he realised he wasn’t getting very far.

Instead of the 24 he thought he had filled there were far less, leading him to suspect something was amiss.

In the morning when the flood waters had receded he decided to check his CCTV footage.

It revealed that two men had come back twice during the time he and his family were frantically doing all they could to defend their home, suggesting they were watching and waiting until the coast was clear.

“It was amusing in the morning when I looked at it. One of them has a bag and it splits and there is a trail of sand going up my drive to their house, a block of flats,” he said. “I just thought ‘what a pair of idiots, they have not even covered up the evidence.’ On the other hand they have not given a thought to other people’s properties. It would have been a different story if we had been flooded.”

Mr Shearing informed the police who did knock at the address but were unable to rouse the occupants.

Meanwhile a business premises on Caister Road also hit out at the “nice people” who stole their sandbags. Michael Bezance, managing director at True Traders said: “We sandbagged our openings like everyone else when we left work on Thursday evening. The surge tide came and went with no problems our way. Just as well because after we left some nice people stole our sandbags and left us unprotected. Who would do that?

“It really annoyed us because just 200m from us was the bag filling station at Beaconsfield Road.”

It was one of several such instances across the borough revealing a flip side to the caring community spirit which eased the trauma for many.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said stealing a sandbag was not classed as a theft. “But we do encourage people to leave them where they are because they are there for a reason,” she added.

9 comments

  • sorry but im with the thieves,what a silly comment,so you think i should spend hours filling sandbags then placing around my property,which is my home,for some low lifes to come steal in seconds,because it would be to much work to go legally get thier own,angelfish you really are a fool

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    eddie

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Angelfish, should actually read Clownfish. The article states that sandbags were available to anyone who wanted them to fill themselves. this was theft, police should have knocked hard enough to make sure the THIEVES were roused and arrested them for theft with intent to damage property of something. These losers should be removed from existence!

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    DaveG

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Angelfish ..... This hotel is far from a blank space! It is somewhere where people stay on a short term basis BUT it also the owners home!! Their home and their business which they have worked extremely hard for!!! What gives these 2 selfish people the right to take the sand bags that the owners had put there to protect their HOME??

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    This-is-me

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • sorry, but im with the 'thieves' in this case. a hotel is a blank place people stay in for temporary basis.a home is a lifetime of work and love. homes should always be given priority. the question i would ask, is why was 'theft' necessary? there should have been sand bags available for these peoples homes. a hotel without doubt has insurance, and can recoup its financial losses. not every resident is fortunate to afford insurance these days. first should be hospitals, and homes of the vulnerable, then residential homes, then business.

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    angelfish

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • A spokesman for Norfolk Police said stealing a sandbag was not classed as a theft. It was somebodies property, it was stolen, IT WAS THEFT. It could have caused thousands of pound worth of damage. Just too much paperwork I suppose. It is easy to understand why so many people I talk to are losing faith in the police.

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    COLD

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Thieving scum like this need to be caught and charged with theft,simple.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Well im of to b&Q this morning for some sandbags,and im not paying for them,because norfolk police say its not theft to just walk of with them,there is no such thing as a sand bag thief according to them,

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    eddie

    Sunday, December 8, 2013

  • Unfortunately the view of that 'Angelfish' person represents the view of a significant minority today from greedy bankers and self interested councillors to shirkers on the dole. From - 'just take what (sandbags in this case) you can if you can get away with it' to 'someone should provide (sandbags in this case) for me'.

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    wallywalnut

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • Angelfish ..... This hotel is far from a blank space! It is somewhere where people stay on a short term basis BUT it also the owners home!! Their home and their business which they have worked extremely hard for!!! What gives these 2 selfish people the right to take the sand bags that the owners had put there to protect their HOME??

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    This-is-me

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

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