Hampshire Constabulary has tracked down a stolen boat worth more than £60,000 and reunited it with its owners today.
Members of Ellingham Water Ski and Wakeboard Club, near Ringwood, were left devastated when the brand new specially adapted Centurion Carbon Pro boat was taken by thieves overnight on Tuesday.
But that devastation turned to elation when officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit recovered the vessel yesterday at a disused industrial site in West End.
The boat, which was adapted for use by disabled people, and its trailer, was stolen from the water between 6.30pm on Easter Monday and 8.30am on Tuesday.
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PC Matt Gransden, from Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit, said: “Following really good information from a member of our marine community, through Project Kraken, the Marine Unit were led to this site and located the boat in tact. The owners are thrilled.
“Project Kraken is a national marine security initiative, a bit like a huge neighbourhood watch on the water, where we work with key stakeholders in the marine community, giving them information and updates about things such as this theft.
“They are our eyes on the water and we have a really good relationship with them. We are very interactive with them and make sure that they give us information on anything they see.
“As we have seen today, we get good results from it.”
Chris Mullins, club owner, who was delighted to be reunited with the boat, added: “We know of boats that have gone missing so for Hampshire Police to find it, especially in a hanger like this, they have done a really good job.”