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Police warning as 'pirates' loiter in Sandhurst floodwaters

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Floodwaters in Sandhurst Lane

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Surrounded by floodwater, Sandhurst Lane residents now fear the arrival of looters as empty homes are being targeted by criminals.

Under the cover of darkness, men in boats have been seen near to evacuated properties in the area worst hit by the floods of 2014.

Neighbours insist the ‘pirates’ at night have had no intention of helping out stricken residents, and are just looking for an opportunity to plunder.

One resident, who lives with his dad and partner, has been cut off from the outside world for four days.

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“We feel like an island state here, we are totally cut off an very vulnerable,” he said.

“We saw the boat with around four men in it at around 9.30pm on Thursday. They were about 100 yards from the evacuated properties. They were not looking to help anyone and had no reason to be there at that time of night. When I shouted at them to ask what they were doing, they shouted abuse back and started swearing.

“It was then I called 999. The police said they would be sending someone out, but no-one came.

“It makes us even more determined not to leave now, if not just to protect our property. We can’t leave now. There is a 70-year-old woman on her own and we are keeping on eye on her to make sure she is safe.

“The only way out is under the A40. The water is around four metres deep and it is like a rapid so very dangerous, it is lethal.”

Another resident of Sandhurst Lane, said: “Flood victims are concerned for any remaining property and there is a real concern people are looking to take advantage of possible vacated homes.

“Residents feel they have been neglected by emergency services already and this is the final straw.

“Residents have been unable to get out of flooded properties to get supplies, in places flood water is four to five foot deep and the only way to get out is under the A40 bridge which is wild and incredibly dangerous.

“No basic supplies have been delivered to any remaining residents which include a 70-year-old lady and a bed bound endometriosis sufferer.”

A police spokesman said: “There have been several reports of suspicious incidents but we would like to reassure people that officers did attend and have patrolled the area this morning and nothing untoward was discovered.

“I should stress that we have extra officers on the ground in flooded areas and at the moment we have had no reported incidents of looting in the county.

“We are of course determined to ensure no one takes criminal advantage of these extraordinary circumstances.”

It is not only Sandhurst that has been hit hard by flooding.

Longford has also born the brunt of much of the rising waters, with one motorist abandoning their Audi car near to Plock Court.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 9:32AM

    "The only way out is under the A40. The water is around four metres deep and it is like a rapid so very dangerous, it is lethal." nothing like a good bit of exaggeration to make the story sound a bit better is there!

  • bg1980  |  February 15 2014, 10:31AM

    im sure i can see cpt Jack sparrow in the picture

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  • SandraPee  |  February 15 2014, 8:35AM

    Jemmy Wood . This particular spot is JUST outside Richard Graham's patch , therefore '' technically'' he CAN say that ! However, as whatever happens on the border of constituencies had a direct effect upon what happens a few meters downstream , so very close to to the city itself I feel that any property in that region should be a grave concern to any local MP . To nit pick where flood water is concerned should be very much of interest to Richard as to Laurence . This lower part of Sandhurst HAS been neglected ....... they've been struggling since xmas with the sheer amounts of water . My friend had 5 feet of water in her house yesterday, even though the property is many feet above the road level . Considering how close to the centre of Gloucester that area is compared with many other parts of '' Gloucester'' it's a complete nonsense to say no one in Gloucester has water in their homes !

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  • joner63  |  February 15 2014, 8:08AM

    ill say what a lot of people probably think but wont say if the police want to recover goods stolen from houses in sandhurst raid the caravan park everyone in sandhurst knows exactly what that site is all about they get away with just about everything and the police don't do nowt I don't know why that aint the first place to be raided sandhurst residents are probably to afraid to say anything

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 14 2014, 10:15PM

    "It was then I called 999. The police said they would be sending someone out, but no-one came." Can we have an explanation from Mr Surl as to why?

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  • JemmyWood  |  February 14 2014, 9:01PM

    This has got to be a lie surely? according to Dick Graham, no one in Gloucester has flooding in their houses... He would never lie or stretch the truth ;)

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  • Peter_Parker  |  February 14 2014, 8:18PM

    Yo ho ho.

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  • agaga  |  February 14 2014, 8:05PM

    Villains, in Sandhurst.....shurly not?

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  • nanajean  |  February 14 2014, 7:52PM

    The Audi stuck in flood waters in Longford actually drove into it ignoring the signs not to. So serves him right. Some people seem to think they don't mean them, cars don't float.

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  • taylke  |  February 14 2014, 7:41PM

    The report says the police were called arountd 9:30 pm. The police spokesman says they patrolled this morning and nothing untoward was discovered. 10 hours or more after the event? No wonder nothing untoward was discovered.

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