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Canal crime is targeted by police

A scheme to help ensure safety and security on some of Derbyshire's canals has been launched by the police.

Boat-owners will receive an information pack showing them how to report problems and crimes relating to canals and towpaths.

The launch coincides with the opening of the Mercia Marina in Willington.

Pc Chris Fearn said: "This is a great initiative for members of the Derbyshire boating community who can be vulnerable on occasions."

He added: "By being members of the scheme people can keep up to date with relevant information relating to safety on the local waterways and they also have a channel of communication for reporting crimes against boats and waterway-related problems."

The 7m Mercia Marina will eventually have space for more than 600 boats as well as cabins and a restaurant.

Using a website to host up-to-date information, officers said the scheme would be useful to people in Derbyshire who use canals and waterways.

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