Boy’s anger as boat he saved up for is stolen

Mitchell Rigg 14 with the new boat which he paid for by doing odd jobs and his News paper round ''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131552-1)
Mitchell Rigg 14 with the new boat which he paid for by doing odd jobs and his News paper round ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131552-1)
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A TEENAGER who spent months saving up to buy a fishing boat has spoken of his hurt after it was stolen.

Mitchell Rigg, 15, of Brewers Lane, in Gosport, was 14 when he saved up cash from his paper round delivering The News and doing odd jobs so he could buy the small tender.

The year 11 Bridgemary School student used the tender to go offshore fishing but spent much of July fishing at Stokes Bay, in Gosport, without the boat.

It was only when he returned to the boat, moored at the public slipway near Haslar Marina, that he found it had been stolen.

Mitchell said: ‘I was planning to go on a fishing trip and I got there and it was just gone.

‘I went to the police but they haven’t seemed to do anything.

‘I was using it go fishing and have some fun on it instead of sitting around.

‘It took me a few months to save up. It wasn’t just the boat, it was all the parts, the rope and anchor.’

Mitchell bought the tender in June and his family then held a celebration to officially launch her.

Mum Joanne, 54, was furious after Mitchell told her about the theft.

She said: ‘They cut through the big chain and padlock and stole it.

‘He worked for that, it wasn’t given to him like a lot of kids get everything given to them on a plate.

‘We’ve got the engine still, they didn’t get that.

‘It’s such a sad world, I bring them up to be honest, decent hard-working kids and then some little person has stolen it from him.

‘Everyone’s disgusted because they know how hard he worked. He slaved his guts out.’

Mitchell bought the boat for £60, spending £70 on an engine and £30 on a life jacket.

The Honeybee boat, which has a plaque with the name Jeanette II on it, was stolen between July 20 and August 5.

Call police on 101, quoting their crime reference, 44130292002.