Boy stole emergency equipment from ferry

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A TEENAGE thief stole safety radios and binoculars worth £2,500 from Gosport Ferry.

The 17-year-old, from Gosport, admitted taking the VHF and emergency radios when he appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Chris Waters, from Gosport Ferry, said the firm was forced to replace equipment on the Spirit of Portsmouth overnight as it was due to go on a cruise two days after the theft on July 30.

Chairwoman of the magistrates Felicity Boraston gave the boy, who cannot be named, a 12-month youth rehabilitation order with supervision.

He must also complete four reparation sessions he was given for a previous offence.

His unpaid work includes working with horses.

Speaking after the hearing, Ms Waters, from Gosport Ferry, said: ‘The boat was scheduled to go to the Needles two days later. We had to replace everything so we were covered to sail.’

She added a handheld radio was found in a nearby bin.

The ferry was moored at Royal Clarence Marina.

The court heard the boy has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but has made improvements in his life.

n Another 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary and given police bail.