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Operation Halyard Arrest

The Harbour Patrol Team 2014 - Photo: Peter Arnold

A man was arrested for theft during a patrol of Chichester Harbour - while the West Sussex divisional commander Chief Superintendent was on board.

PC Kris Drake has set up a joint patrol with the Harbour Master at Chichester and has been running Operation Halyard, a high visibility presence on the water in the harbour and marinas for reassurance and promoting crime prevention.

During one of the patrols, Chief Supt Martin Walker was in the boat learning how his officers and the harbour team work together, when a man was found on a boat on the water with two bikes, a generator and outboard engine and was arrested on suspicion of theft.

PC Drake said: "This joint patrol not only provides visibility and raises awareness but also aims to build a relationship with the boating community to help us tackle marine crime in the Chichester area. It was great that Mr Walker got to see us make an arrest."

Harbour Master, Richard Craven said: "The arrest was the reward for the painstaking efforts of the police and Chichester Harbour Conservancy over recent months, and highlights the value of this important partnership and our determination to prevent crime in the Harbour."

People living or working on and around Sussex's coastline and waterways are being asked to report suspicious or unusual activity as part of a multi-agency law enforcement campaign - Project Kraken. 

By contacting the police, members of the public or organisations can register online with Project Kraken and police will contact them with urgent information and intelligence updates concerning marine crime or, at times of heightened risk or terrorist threat levels, specific reports or requests that they may be able to assist with, for example: the observing and reporting of suspicious persons, vessels or vehicles or to look out for stolen boats. 

Reporting channels have been simplified to make it easier for people across the country who live or work near the coastline and waterways, or who take part in waster-based activities. They can contact either the police through 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 or the national independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.

Michael Ronald King, 32, of Carlyle Close, West Molesey, Surrey, has been charged with handling stolen goods - an outboard engine and possession of a class B drug amphetamine. He appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 8 September and was remanded to appear at Chichester Crown Court on 29 September.

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