Image appeal following attempted theft of boat in Poole

08 July 2019
Officers investigating the attempted theft of a boat in Poole are issuing images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

At around 6.45pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019 the victim, a man aged in his 70s, was driving along Banks Road when he looked toward his boat, which is moored at the North Haven Yacht Club approximately 300 metres off shore, and saw that its cover had been partially removed.

He stopped the vehicle to look further and saw three men on the boat. He went to the yacht club to ask for help and was assisted by other members in getting out to the boat.

The men claimed they had been worried about the tide so had jumped onto the boat. They immediately got off the boat and started wading back to shore.

They were joined by a fourth man, who had been in a small grey dinghy nearby, and when they got to the beach they made off over the sand dunes.

The victim subsequently found a paddle from his boat in the small grey dinghy. Nothing else appeared to have been taken but there was possible damage to the ignition barrel.

Police Constable Scott Thorne, of Poole police, said: “We are making enquiries into this incident and I am releasing these images of photos that were taken of the three men who were seen on the boat.

“I would urge anyone with information as to their identity to contact us and would also encourage these men to come forward so we can take your account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190101411. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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