£10,000 kayaks stolen from Woodmill outdoor activity center

Thousands of pounds worth of kayaks have been stolen from a Southampton activity center which has been repeatedly targeted by thieves.

The Woodmill Outdoor Activities Center team have been ‘disheartened’ after criminals got away with £10,000 worth of kayaks.

Three people were seen breaking into the boating cage and taking the kayaks on Monday, June 13.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. and police confirmed eight boats were stolen.

Active Nation runs Southampton City Council’s leisure facilities and has recently been the victim of “unprecedented amounts” of vandalism, theft and break-ins.

The team said outdoor equipment is often “out of reach for many families, especially with the rising cost of living”.

They say that, as a charity, the cost of replacement and maintenance caused by criminals “reduces the amount of social good it can do within communities”.

An Active Nation spokesperson added: “Providing affordable activities, using a wide range of equipment such as recent items that have been stolen from us again, allows us to work with the diversity of Southampton’s communities.”

They said: “Our teams are passionate about what they do and thrive on delivering top-notch outdoor activities.

“Such thefts only discourage the team and complicate the achievement of our mission.

“We hope that shouting out about these thefts and burglaries will deter the perpetrators from repeating their offences.”

The center offers families and schoolchildren the opportunity “to learn new skills in a safe environment”.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson confirmed police were investigating the burglary at Woodmill Lane last week.

They said: “Three people were seen breaking into the boathouse and taking the boats.

“Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information should call 101, quoting reference 44220235729.”

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