County Durham police have appealed for information after a rare speedboat worth £20,000 was stolen from a driveway

A speedboat worth £20,000 was stolen from a driveway in County Durham earlier this week and local police have now put out an appeal.

Durham Constabulary believe that the thieves will struggle to sell on the boat, due to its distinctive markings.

The rare boat (pictured above) was mounted on a trailer and parked on a driveway in the village of Trimdon Station.

It was reported as missing shortly after 2300 on Monday (January 23) and the owners report that the thieves cut the brake cables of their Peugeot van, which was blocking in the trailer.

They also believe that a Jeep Chrysler may have been used to tow the stolen boat away.

The boat in question is a JB Custom model fitted with a 150hp Mercury Optimax outboard and bearing the name Bullet. It is understood that there are only 12 such boats in the country.

Anyone with any information relating to this incident is encouraged to call Peterlee police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

UPDATE 29/01: Bullet was spotted today on an industrial estate in Trimdon Grange and Durham Constabulary are working to return the boat to its rightful owner.