Broads police issue warning after spate of outboard engine thefts around Potter Heigham

Picture: Ian Burt

Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Broads police have issued another warning after five more outboard engines were stolen between Potter Heigham and Repps with Bastwick.

The latest incidents, which come a week after a string of similar crimes on the Hickling Broad, happened overnight on Friday, September 16 into Saturday 17.

It is believed the suspects gained access to the engines via a boat between 3am and 5am.

Paul Bassham, beat manager for the Broads, said: 'I would like to request that boat owners check their boats as often as possible, remove their cowlings and purchase a cover from BroadsBeat.

'For extra security they can also mark their Outboards with DNA marking kits such as selectaDNA and Data Tag, both of which are endorsed by the home office on the Secured by Design website.'

He said it was also important to collate serial and model numbers for later identification and encouraged owners to sign up to Boat Shield email alerts by emailing broadsbeat@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

• Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact PC Paul Bassham from the Broadsbeat team on 101.

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