Top policeman sees arrest during patrol

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POLICE arrested a man for theft during a patrol of Chichester Harbour – while the West Sussex 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 staff 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.

Harbourmaster 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.’

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.

Call Sussex Police on 101.