Warning after owners fined for flouting boat rules on West Norfolk river

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

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Two boat owners have been fined after they admitted avoiding registration fees for their vessels when they were moored on a West Norfolk river.

The cases, which were heard at Lynn’s magistrates court on Wednesday, have prompted a warning from Environment Agency officials to owners to make sure their boats do comply with the law.

Christopher Rose, of Setch Road, Blackborough End, and Steffany Keane, of Station Road, Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, both pleaded guilty to charges of using an unregistered vessel on a waterway in separate hearings.

The cases related to the boats being moored on the River Wissey at Hilgay on or around May 27 this year.

They were both fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £250, a criminal courts charge of £150 and victim surcharge of £20.

Under waterway rules, boats which are kept, used or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways must be registered.

The rules also require owners to have appropriate safety certificates and valid insurance.

Nathan Arnold, the agency’s waterways manager, said: “Failing to register a vessel just does not pay. Not only do people risk being prosecuted and fined up to £1,000, but they still have to pay their registration fee and could end up with a criminal record.”