King’s Lynn air cadets may have to raise £3,000 to replace stolen equipment

Canoes stolen from King's Lynn air cadets
Canoes stolen from King's Lynn air cadets
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Air cadets may have to raise more than £2,000 to replace four canoes which were stolen during a raid on Leziate Lakes.

Members of 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron were dealt a blow when four of their six kayaks were stolen.

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Thieves broke into a wooden shed to steal the kayaks after forcing shutter doors and a side door of a wooden shed at Leziate Park Country Club overnight on May 26.

Commanding officer Flt Lt Pauline Petch said the Squadron is insured but she was not sure if the cover applies to equipment stored elsewhere.

She said: “People who steal from young people are the lowest of the low.

“They must have known that the canoes belonged to young people.

“We have had canoes for eight years. We have not used them for the last couple of years as we have not had an instructor.

“There is now an instructor in Fakenham and we were planning to take the cadets over there in the summer.

“The canoes were being checked on a regular basis.”

Thieves removed the boats’ carrying handles, through which locked chains had been passed to secure them to the trailer unit.

They took two yellow, one red and one orange Robson Moonster kayaks.

Thieves also took five paddles and four red and black Kallister life preservers.

The equipment was worth between £2,500 and £3,000 and the trailer has been returned to the squadron’s base in Loke Road.

Police are appealing for more information into the theft.

If you have any information on the incident contact PC Glen Barnes on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.