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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Millom man's boat theft dismay

A BOAT cherished by a Millom man for nearly 40 years has been vandalised beyond repair by opportunist thieves.

Plover, a 15ft fishing vessel, became detached from its moorings in Port Millom on Sunday, August 10 in strong winds.

After drifting down the Duddon Channel, the boat became stuck on Duddon Sands near Dunnerholme where its two outboard motors were snatched.

In the process of taking the £800 motors, locked to the vessel with chains, the thieves cut away the rear of the boar with tools.

The boat’s owner, Councillor Jack Park of Millom Town Council, said the boat would now be scrapped for salvage.

He said: “I was absolutely dismayed. I bought the hull in around 1975 and restored it myself, and there are a lot of memories associated with it.”

Cllr Park, from Festival Road, had returned to Millom from a visit to family when he was told his boat was missing. Witnesses told Cllr Park unknown men had been spotted approaching the boat on quad bikes before making off.

He said: “I thought there was something strange about it, then I noticed they had cut through the back to get the engines. I was absolutely flabbergasted, it knocked me sideways.”

After the theft the boat continued to drift further along the estuary, before coming to rest near Kirkby, where a friend of Cllr Park was able to tow it back to Port Millom.

He said: “I told the man who towed it in he could have it for salvage. I’m just not interested in it now.”

The theft and damage was reported to police on August 12.

However, a police spokesman said there was not enough evidence to pursue the investigation.

Cllr Park said the engines were a Honda four-stroke engine and a Marine two-stroke longshaft engine.

He asked anyone who may know of the engines’ whereabouts to contact him on 01229 773826.

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