Police are hunting vandals who stole and set off emergency flares in Littlehampton

Police are hunting vandals who stole and set off emergency flares in Littlehampton. The flares were taken last week from six boats on hard standings at Arun Yacht Club, and reports of their being set off resulted in Coastguards being called out and Littlehampton lifeboat crew put on standby.

The incident happened just a few days after thieves broke in to nine boats in Dickies Boatyard in Bangor and removed a variety of flares and an Ikaros parachute rocket. Police have warned anyone coming across these flares to be extremely careful, and for anyone with information on either theft to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.