by vandals at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club
Sailing Club has stepped up its security after vandals set a yacht
adrift and caused damage to other boats and moorings.
Police are investigating a series of potentially serious incidents
at the club's pontoons in the River Brue, which have occurred
over the past three weeks.
In the latest incident last Friday, a 33ft yacht's mooring ropes
were cut and the boat was set adrift in the river.
The vandals have also cut free a 30ft section of the pontoons,
damaged the lines of a liferaft, removed a dinghy's buoyancy bung,
and removed a ladder from a yacht and thrown it into the river.
The club's Vice Commodore, Matt Windle, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Security has been stepped up after the incidents to try
and prevent them happening."
club's members are understandably concerned about what has been
"Fortunately, the yacht that was set adrift was retrieved
without damage but it could have been serious. All the incidents
seem to have been pointless vandalism."
Burnham Police have this week asked walkers to be extra vigilant
in the area and to report any suspicious activity.
Inspector Roger Tolley told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I would
ask walkers, joggers and beach users who pass through this area
to keep an eye out and to get in contact if they see anyone suspicious
or who they are uncomfortable with."
Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them
via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the new non-emergency number