Canal Watch Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime

Date and Time
Crime Ref

06/09/2021 00:01
Unknown suspect has poured black bitumen type paint into the fuel tank of a narrow boat causing the engine to malfunction requiring repair at an est cost of £1500.

Limpley Stoke
23/10/2021 10:00
Unknown suspect(s) gained access to the IP's boat and a messy search has been conducted. Suspect(s) have stolen the IP's air rifle / ammunition along, knives, chainsaw and cordless drills.

29/10/2021 21:08
Unknown suspects have broken into the RP's boat (home) they have not stolen anything, but they have damaged the bread maker and a bowl.

16/10/2021 02:00
Unknown suspect/s have stolen the IP's bike that was locked with a heavy-duty combination security lock to a sack truck and wheelbarrow. The bike was locked on the tow path next to the IP's boat. The bike is a dark silver Marin road type bike with a rack on the back. The bike has no mudguards, the cover that covers the cogs is slightly broken at the bottom and the left handle grip bar is missing. Approx value £300-£350.

Bradford on Avon

01/11/2021 11:44
Known suspect has banged on the window on a canal boat at the location, this has smashed a window.

Crime Prevention Advice
Winter water safety 
Our waterways are beautiful places to visit in all seasons, and winter with its snowy landscapes and frosty mornings can really be a great time to head down to the canals for a walk. However, as the temperature drops there are some important potential hazards to be aware of.  
Be prepared - To be extra careful around water over the winter months, there are lots of things you can do: 
Plan your route – think about where you want to go and how long you want to be out for 
Take a friend – it is safer to walk with others 
Tell someone where you are going – in case you are out for longer you can be found more easily  
Stay away from the edge – Can you see the edge of the towpath? in the snow, it may be slippery 
Check the weather – look at the forecast and see what's coming your way 
Wear the right clothing – waterproofs, footwear, warm layers help cope with the wintry conditions 
Take your phone (or even a whistle) – if you get into trouble, or see somebody else in trouble, you can call or whistle for help  
What to do if you see someone in the water 
Don’t get into the water, instead: 
Call the emergency services on 999 as soon possible 
Keep an eye on the person 
Keep talking to them, and stay near them 
If you can, throw line to them or use a tree branch to reach out to them 
Even strong swimmers may face difficulties in icy water 
You may feel you can help by getting into the water too, but remember that the water is freezing: 
All year round the shock of the cold water can really take your breath away and cause your muscles to cramp, making it very difficult for you to stay afloat 
There may be objects hidden under the water that could cause you harm 
The water may be deeper than you think. Canals don’t normally have sloping sides and there are only ladders at locks so it’s not easy to get out – especially wearing heavy, wet clothes and helping someone else 
Staying on the surface is much harder when you are trying to help someone else, they may panic and push you under 
Boaters might not be able to see you in or under the water and won’t know to stop – if a boat hits you it can cause serious harm to you and the other person  
For more advice on keeping safe by the water this winter see the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society UK) website
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