If there is an emergency it is incredibly important that someone calls 999, that is the message from the police.
Only by doing so will the resources required to police this crime be made available.
The Marine Police attended Brightlingsea Last weekend and we too remonstrated with the Jet skiers but we can’t always be immediately available, the whole day, but we certainly haven’t given up. Last weekend our ageing Pilot boat Dracula’s port engine had failed so was not available.
However, this is what is happening now.
- Tendring District Council with funds from BHC and BTC have agreed to and are putting out another safe swimming zone in the area splash point, the lido and of the sailing club. It was expected that this work would have been complete by now.
- The HM or DHM will be in the Harbour every day as they are every year throughout the School Holidays.
- The Ramp access on Point Clear will have bollards fitted so vehicle access will be severely restricted, this was agreed some two weeks ago, it was believed that by now that they would have been fitted.
- In advance of this BHC have arranged and will pay for two Security Guards to be posted on the Ramp restricting access in the same way at peak times, this will continue even when the Bollards have been erected into the near future.
- BHC have already fitted an ANPR camera on Point Clear so can identify vehicles entering and leaving Point Clear.
- We identify a Jet Ski which has been breaking the law, note the colour, and/or get a picture.
- The Jet Ski is watched returning to their vehicle on Point Clear.
- The vehicle with jet ski is recorded on our Auto Number Plate Recognition camera at Point Clear, receives a visit from the Police and prosecuted.
- River Patrols will be carried out throughout July and August as they do every year, Colchester Borough Council have agreed to match fund BHC.
- This weekend the Marine Police will visit Brightlingsea with their RHIB.
- In the pipeline we have prosecuted one Jet ski a year ago which has not yet gone to court, so prosecutions are slow.
- Colchester Borough Council who have the statutory responsibility for the Colne rather than Tendring District Council are nearly at the point where they can authorise the use of Public Space protection orders, when violators can be issued with an immediate fine.
We keep all our processes under review, take the dangerous use of PWCs very seriously and will always allocate resources to it.