Plymouth Magistrates Court have today handed down a significant penalty to a local man who breached the local speed limits on his personal watercraft.

The penalty, totalling £1,934, is one of the biggest to be handed to an offender in Plymouth based on similar speeding offences within the Port of Plymouth.

Evidence provided at the hearing came from witness statements, as well as CCTV which tracked the individual.

Captain Richard Allan, Harbour Master said: “We are really pleased with the result in court today. Whilst we welcome responsible personal watercraft users this individual continued to flout the speed limit here in the Port, and showed no regards for the safety of himself and other Port users.

Exceeding speeds of forty knots in both an eight and four knot area is irresponsible and highly dangerous. Behaviour such as this is not welcome in the Port and as we have seen today prosecution can result in considerable penalties.”

Guidance on local legislation, and the code of conduct for the Cattewater Harbour can be found here.

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