Police issue CCTV in hunt for burglars caught scaling an anchor chain

Police issue CCTV in hunt for burglars caught scaling an anchor chain after disused cruise ship was raided two nights running

  • CCTV has been releaed after a string of raids on a disused cruise ship in Wales
  • The Duke of Lancaster has become a landmark at the dock where it is berthed
  • Thieves have been climbing over razor wired security fencing, scaling an anchor

CCTV images have been released by police to aid their hunt for burglars caught scaling an anchor chain on a disused cruise ship.

Items disappeared during raids on the Duke of Lancaster that took place over the course of two nights between September 3 and 4 in Mostyn, Flintshire. 

Security cameras captured two men walking close to the scene while another image shows a mystery man clinging to the anchor chain in a bid to get on board. 

A dock owner blamed ‘anarchy’ for allowing the burglars to raid the landmark ship. 

A daredevil has been caught on camera climbing the anchor chain of a cruise ship – and is being hunted by police

Police have launched a burglary appeal after a string of times disappeared during raids on the disused cruise ship in Mostyn, Flintshire and also released this image of two people near the ship

The Duke of Lancaster has become a landmark at the dock where it is berthed – but is now being targeted by urban explorers

Dock owner John Rowley said raiders using the name urban ‘explorers’ – whereby people usually trespass on abandoned ruins or hidden components of the manmade environment – have been climbing over razor wired security fencing and scaling an anchor chain to get on an upper deck.

He said: ‘The so-called urban ‘explorers’ is just a tag they have latched onto as a burglar’s cover whilst seeking glorification of their actions.

‘At the moment anarchy rules – the ship was raided two nights running.’

The Duke of Lanccaster ship has not been used commercially for more than 40 years and is in a dry dock. 

It was a cruise liner between 1956 and 1979 and was sold to a Liverpool-based company to be towed to Llanerch-y-Mor near Greenfield in August 1979.

A NWP spokesman said: ‘If you recognise the people in these images, please contact us.’

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