Outboards again seemed to be targeted from all over the county from Canterbury on the 20th to the River Rother at Newenden and of course most people will be aware that a MYC boat was again targeted on 17/06, where a Honda 4hp was taken. Extensive damage was caused to the boat.
A red 12ft kayak was taken from Canterbury Sea Cadets on 26th June. A Parana Ranger 16ft canoe was taken from Yalding earlier in the month and two further canoes one red and one yellow were taken from Tonbridge at a similar time.
On a positive note this weekend Sat 6th July is the Medway River Festival. There will be displays on the river in Chatham Reach between Thunderbolt Pier and Chatham Ness. This will mean closures of the river to vessels during some of the displays and should only last a short time. Princess Alexandra III will be assisting Medway Ports Harbourmaster Launches in enforcing these closures.
If you are intending to go by boat and see the displays make sure you get there in plenty of time and find a good spot. Be careful as there may be a large number of vessels of various sizes taking part including small rowing boats. If you are going to the Recreation Ground on foot, come and see us on the Kent Police Marine Unit stand.
PC David Lavender
Kent Police Marine Unit