Boat returned after going walkabout at night

Eric Hardwick with his stolen boat. 18/6/13
Eric Hardwick with his stolen boat. 18/6/13

PRANKSTERS sailed off with a model fishing boat belonging to Half Marathon Race Director Eric Hardwick and dumped it in a front garden.

The boat was picked up overnight last Thursday from Eric’s garden in Harley Shute Road and taken 400 yards down Wishing Tree Road.

Resident Roy Jackson woke on Friday morning to find the six-feet-long boat and kindly returned it.

The boat sustained minor damage during the escapade.

Eric , 70, said: “We woke up on Friday morning to find the boat missing from its stand.

“My wife had created a lovely seascape which it was centrepiece. We will be securing it down more now and glad to have it back.”