Paddle boards and canoes stolen from scout group in New Forest

Paddle boards and canoes stolen from scout group in New Forest

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:09am 1st August 2019. (Updated at 4:36pm 1st August 2019)

The equipment was taken from the Spinnaker Sailing Club based at Blashford.

The canoes, belonging to 1st Sandleheath Sea Scouts near Fordingbridge, are thought to have been taken on overnight on Monday into the early hours of Tuesday morning (27th/28th July).

Three stand up paddle boards and two open canoes were taken from a storage shed at the sailing club just off the A338.

Thieves cut through the padlock to gain access.

The welcome sign outside the entrance to the Spinnaker Sailing Club at Blashford.
THEFT: Three stand up paddle boards and two open canoes were taken.

It's a bitter blow for the group who were away on their summer camp in The Forest of Dean when thieves struck.

The full extent of what's been taken won't be known till the group return but it's thought around £5000 will be needed to replace the items and repair the shed.

Mark Davison from the Sandleheath Sea Scouts has made an appeal on social media.

The crime comes just weeks after an attempted break-in at the sea scout's storage facilities  damaging the doors.

RAIDS AT TWO OTHER HAMPSHIRE CLUBS:

The theft comes just a week after Romsey Sea Cadets were also targeted with a fleet of kayaks worth £3,000 taken in that incident.

Romsey Sea Cadets

Southampton Sea Cadets also had a Suzuki engine stolen from their pontoon overnight on the 12th/13th July.

All three incidents happened in a period of 15 days..

FUNDRAISING:

A Just Giving page has been set up to help Sandleheath Sea Scouts replace the equipment.

Mark Davison set it up and hopes people will support the club which has around 70 children aged 10 to 14.

"They like all scout groups have limited resources and need to make those that they have go a long way and to ensure that scouting is accessible to all."

Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to contact Hampshire Police by calling 101.

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