Thursday, 24 October 2013

Latest Broads control update

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

Sadly a Broads Authority staff member had to help police officers and the fire and rescue service recover a body from the river Wensum near the law courts in Norwich on Tuesday.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery after a member of the public raised the alarm at around 4.10pm.

The Authority has also been working with police to interview a man at Wymondham police station following an incident involving public order and Broads byelaws at Rockland Staithe earlier in the year.

He was charged with a number offences including  not navigating with care and caution, helming under the influence of drink or drugs and playing loud music. He was fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £230.

The Breydon patrol this morning (Thursday) are assisting a broken down survey vessel in the bridge hole while there reports of a vessel on fire turned out to be smoke caused by oil dropping on the engine manifold.

Rangers have also been undertaking joint patrols with the Environment Agency fishing bailiffs in the Wroxham, Horning and Potter Heigham areas. Several anglers were reported for not having fishing licences and not attending their rods.

Routine work has included dealing with complaints of anglers not giving way to boats at Bramerton and investigation work on prosecution case files.

And after the high tides and strong winds last week a number of dead fish were found in the River Thurne. A number of barge escorts which were cancelled due to high winds are now being undertaken in the Yare and Waveney.

Rangers have been engaged in tree work upstream of Wroxham plus cutting and brushcutting in the Thurne. Others have undertaken footpath surveys and have attended parish council meetings.

More tree work has been undertaken by rangers on the river banks at Thorpe.

1 comment:

  1. A very positive report so, thanks for that and thanks to the BA's lads and lasses for their work on the river.