Thursday, 16 January 2014

Broads Control update - rangers tackle boat crime

By Adrian Vernon, Head of Ranger Services

The Rangers were busy at the weekend dealing with a spate of boat crimes at Ranworth and Horstead.

Four vessels were broken into at Ranworth and one was sunk by someone removing the stern and the outboard motor. Five vessels were let go and broken into at Horstead and were recovered by the rangers at Belaugh.

The Rangers then assisted the police and the owners. We are working closely with the police to solve these crimes and prevent others.

On Saturday three day boats with young lads from London aboard were stopped for speeding following complaints and given written warnings.

The weekend Rangers underwent a training exercise with the Lowestoft Coastguard Team at Burgh Castle. The training involved recovering people from the water and transporting casualities via a special stretcher. The full-time Breydon team consists of two very public spirited individuals - in their spare time one volunteers for the Coastguard and the other for Norfolk  Fire and Rescue Service.

On Monday two Rangers and two Operation Technicians undertook training in boat handling and night navigation on Breydon Water. This included the use of radar and a plotter plus training in towing and emergency procedures. Much of the towing and man overboard training was undertaken near Breydon Bridge on a strong flood tide which tends to concentrate the mind and add realism to the proceedings.

Tree work by Rangers continues throughout  the system particularly on the Upper Bure  and at Neatishead Staithe.

Four cases went to court this week. All the  defendants pleaded guilty and fines totalling £1,400 were imposed with costs of over £400 awarded. The offences concerned were speeding and care and caution. 

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