Cornish marine crime unit launched to tackle illegal activity

PC Barry Nicholas
Image caption PC Barry Nicholas has trained to be part of the new unit.

A new marine crime unit has been launched to patrol the waters around Cornwall.

The West Cornwall Marine Crime Unit has been launched to crack down on boat and engine thefts, anti-social behaviour and other illegal activity.

The training provision from Cornwall Marine Network enabled 35 officers to complete essential boat training.

PC Barry Nicholas said it's aim was to get a police presence on the water.

He said in the last few years there has been an "upsurge" in marine-based crime.

"Everybody that is on the section will be volunteers and pretty much do it in their own time. We've got 35 officers from quite a broad area of Penzance, Helston and Truro," he said.

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