Richard Cordery’s cruiser Bluebird was broken into while moored in the canal centre in Mytchett

A boat owner in Surrey was given a nasty shock after finding

thieves had vandalised his motorboat before cutting it adrift in Mytchett on 10

November.

Richard Cordery, who is featuring in an adaptation of Esio

Trot, Roald Dahl’s novel, with Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench, said vandals

boarded his boat Bluebird and ripped through

the canopy, before using the boat’s fire extinguisher to break through the

cabin door and steal various items.

Mr Cordery, who had his boat moored in the canal centre in Mytchett,

told getSurrey he was disappointed at the amount of security at the centre.

“It’s going to cost me an awful lot of money, at least a

couple of thousand.

“Had I known about the lack of security, I would not have

entrusted my boat to them.”

He continued, saying he was shocked to discover that the

centre didn’t have basic measures such as security lighting.

“The alarm bells started ringing

when I saw other boats on the canal with boards over the windows. I was told

people had been known to throw stones at the boats.

“The concern I have is now someone’s

done something like this once, it will happen again.”

Hampshire

County Council’s Keith Chapman said about the incident: “All potential boat owners are given

a tour of the site before taking up a new mooring and are made aware of the

levels of security available.

“While we make every effort to keep

moored boats safe, we do advise boat owners they are responsible for the

security of their craft.”

Police officers from the Surrey

Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team have since increased patrols in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to

call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140095016.