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Thieves force Gordon?s hand

FED UP: Gordon Smith is going to sell his River Explorer II boat after a spate of attacks on the vessel.
FED UP: Gordon Smith is going to sell his River Explorer II boat after a spate of attacks on the vessel.



AFTER three successive nights warding off thugs and thieves from their River Explorer II, Gordon and Linda Smith have had enough.

They are going to sell off Good Time Cruises, their business for the past four-and-a-half years, and get some sleep.

For Gordon, Tuesday night was the final straw.

He received a call from Gordon Masters at the Crown Hotel saying kids were playing up around the boat.

They had attempted to cut the ropes tying the vessel to Grafton's Prince Street wharf.

The same had happened on Sunday night. Then, on Monday night thieves broke off mounted waterproof Bose and GMC speakers worth hundreds of dollars.

Mr Smith is hoping someone will recognise the speakers and either return them or notify police.

He said it was a hard decision to sell off his livelihood, but after having more than $12,500 worth of damage to the vessel in four years, he will put it on the market.

All booking commitments will be met and he will continue to trade, but the decision has been made to sell.



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