Nostalgia: Newhaven Harbour vandals

Chris Law anf David Mellia with the boat that was sunk by vandals at Newhaven Harbour

Chris Law anf David Mellia with the boat that was sunk by vandals at Newhaven Harbour

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While these days those who live and work in Newhaven Harbour are focused on the fall-out from the tram project, on this day in 1984 there was another source of local disquiet. The mv Capricorn, a boat valued at over £15,000, had been sunk at her moorings, with vandals the suspected culprits.

It was the latest incident in a series over a two-week period, which saw at least five other vessels damaged, with sophisticated electronic equipment stolen or 
destroyed. Christopher Law, 25, owner of the Capricorn, said: “To wreck a boat and to go so far as to sink one is mindless.”