Police warning over drunken boaters on Norfolk Broads

Police have warned people using the Norfolk Broads that alcohol and water is a potentially lethal cocktail, after a spate of dangerous behaviour on boats.

Over the bank holiday weekend, Norfolk police's specialist Broads Beat team received a string of calls about anti-social behaviour, including people smashing into other boats.

They even spotted people dicing with death by trying to light barbecues right next to fuel tanks of boats.

Police received several reports of boat users being noisy and inconsiderate to others and cases where people were drunk on board a boat in Wroxham, Horning and Thurne Mouth.

PC Paul Bassham, from Norfolk police, said: 'We would like to remind those at the helm of a vessel that there are hefty fines for navigating when not in proper control of your boat whether this is due to taking drugs or being intoxicated.

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'There were incidents over the weekend where boats were out of control and hitting into nearby boats, causing damage.

'People need to be aware and alert at all times and pay attention to changes in weather conditions especially the wind'.

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Patrolling officers said they even spotted people trying to light barbecues while standing right next to the fuel tank of their boats.

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