THIS WEEK IN 1986: Divers search for £12,000 haul

The diving team from HMS Vernon searching Portsmouths Camber Dock for the highly sophisticated diving equipment, stolen from a parked car in Southsea (6827-1)

The diving team from HMS Vernon searching Portsmouths Camber Dock for the highly sophisticated diving equipment, stolen from a parked car in Southsea (6827-1)

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Navy divers were searching in Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth, for £12,000 worth of stolen diving equipment after a city boatbuilder found part of the stolen haul in the dock.

Detectives believed villains who stole £34,000 worth of experimental ultra-modern diving equipment from a car parked in Southsea at the weekend dumped the whole lot in the Camber Dock.

Boatbuilder Robert Hymers, of Percy Road, Landport, found the £22,000 backpack and oxygen bottles sunk in mud during the evening.

Detectives later called in RN divers from HMS Vernon to begin searching.

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