Outdoor education centre raided twice in six weeks

‘HURT’: Kelvin Hurlock, manager of the Harbour Challenge Outdoor Education Centre

‘HURT’: Kelvin Hurlock, manager of the Harbour Challenge Outdoor Education Centre

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POOLE’S outdoor education centre has been raided twice in the last six weeks.

Both times the boat compound at the centre in Hamworthy Park, run by the Harbour Challenge charity, has been entered and outboard motors stolen.

“I feel frustrated and hurt,” said principal Chris Hurlock.

During the first break-in, two outboards were stolen and the total damage and theft cost was £5,600.

The two stolen engines were replaced and now these have been taken along with two others after the fence was broken into, locks cut off a storage container and CCTV smashed during Tuesday night.

“Three brand new engines and one that’s two years old have been stolen,” said Chris.

And this was despite security being beefed up after the first raid, with advice from Hamworthy Safer Neighbourhood Team and cameras installed, which are now linked to the police control room.

He said he was hurt that thieves, who used the centre’s trolleys to wheel the outboards away, had put the charity’s ability to offer sailing, kayaking and other watersports to children in jeopardy. The previous week they had 150 kids out in Poole Harbour.

“Fortunately we have other safety boats, not kept here, we are able to bring in to continue to be on the water,” he said.

“Potentially this could have closed us down while we replaced the engines,” he said.

While insurance covered the first loss, he was unsure what effect it would have on the policy.

Dorset Police is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting crime number 23:99.

£30k on improvements

Harbour Challenge began in 1996 on Brownsea Island. It was appointed to run the Outdoor Education Centre by Borough of Poole earlier this year and is working to get more disabled people on the water.

It has spent £30,000 on the building in the park so far to improve access for people in wheelchairs.

The charity was awarded £198,000 from Sport England for disability sport and £70,000 is going towards a boat that can take wheelchairs.

They work with Duke of Edinburgh candidates and provide work experience and volunteer opportunities for youngsters as well as a wide range of activities.

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11:40am Thu 31 Jul 14

HDI says...

Old news day. This is identical to http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/11
367934.Thieves_targe
t_outdoor_centre_for
_the_second_time___w
eeks_after_security_
was_stepped_up/ which appeared 4 days ago.
Old news day. This is identical to http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/11 367934.Thieves_targe t_outdoor_centre_for _the_second_time___w eeks_after_security_ was_stepped_up/ which appeared 4 days ago. HDI
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12:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

John T says...

HDI wrote:
Old news day. This is identical to http://www.bournemou

thecho.co.uk/news/11

367934.Thieves_targe

t_outdoor_centre_for

_the_second_time___w

eeks_after_security_

was_stepped_up/ which appeared 4 days ago.
Don't forget this is the OHEC.

Next, it will be headlining with ' Echo prints same article twice in two days'.
[quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: Old news day. This is identical to http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/11 367934.Thieves_targe t_outdoor_centre_for _the_second_time___w eeks_after_security_ was_stepped_up/ which appeared 4 days ago.[/p][/quote]Don't forget this is the OHEC. Next, it will be headlining with ' Echo prints same article twice in two days'. John T
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Ebb Tide says...

For the second time, the Echo prompts one to ask why a land-based outboard motor "honeypot" has been put into our sadly neglected public park at Hamworthy when so much theft of outboard motors occurs from moored vessels ? What has happened to common sense, police advice, and the need to keep insurance premiums down ???

Hopefully the charity concerned will not compound their troubles by persisting with this unsuitable site. It would be far better to collaborate with others to maximise the value-for-money for each sum flowing into their coffers. Perhaps the thefts are a suitable prompt for a change of site for their activities : it is always wise to review ones business model and try to make sensible changes to deal with any previously unexpected problems.

Not sure why theft of outboard motors was ever unexpected in a boating area like Poole harbour but then perhaps they were not consulting with the police and the locals for reasons best known to themselves.
For the second time, the Echo prompts one to ask why a land-based outboard motor "honeypot" has been put into our sadly neglected public park at Hamworthy when so much theft of outboard motors occurs from moored vessels ? What has happened to common sense, police advice, and the need to keep insurance premiums down ??? Hopefully the charity concerned will not compound their troubles by persisting with this unsuitable site. It would be far better to collaborate with others to maximise the value-for-money for each sum flowing into their coffers. Perhaps the thefts are a suitable prompt for a change of site for their activities : it is always wise to review ones business model and try to make sensible changes to deal with any previously unexpected problems. Not sure why theft of outboard motors was ever unexpected in a boating area like Poole harbour but then perhaps they were not consulting with the police and the locals for reasons best known to themselves. Ebb Tide
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