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Boat owners targeted in safety campaign

The fire service in Hertfordshire is targeting boat owners in a new safety campaign.

It is working in partnership with the Boat Safety Scheme and will teach boat owners about the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nationally, in the past 20 years, 30 boaters have been killed in boat fires and 30 lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.

Leaflets are being handed out at boatyards and marinas across Hertfordshire, urging boat owners to deal with the threats posed to their boats and passengers.

There will also be a couple of special awareness events this month. Fire crews will be talking to boat owners at the Ware Boat Festival on 6 July, and they will be hosting a boat safety event at the Lea Valley Marina, Stanstead Abbotts, on 13 July.

“We are keen to raise awareness of the actions that boat users can take to help prevent fire, and the sources of potential risk, so that people can continue to enjoy their boating and avoid a potential tragedy.”

– Roy Wilsher, Hertfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer

Fresh police appeal over missing 88-year-old

Police have issued a fresh appeal for help in the search for 88 year old Gwyn Morris who was last seen in Stanstead Abbotts on the morning of December 6,

My officers have been relentless in their search to find Gwyn and today those searches continue.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support of the local communities and offers to help with the searches. I would like to re-iterate my appeals to people to please still keep looking. Check your garages, sheds and out-buildings and if you are out and about in the area please be vigilant and report anything of note to police immediately."

– Gerry McDonald, Chief Inspector for East Herts