Police helicopter called to Kingston riverside after 'attempted canoe theft'

Canoe: police called

Canoe: police called

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Police were called to a houseboat at Kingston in the early hours of this morning after two men tried to steal a canoe.

The Metropolitan Police helicopter helped search the area near Palmers Wharf, near Charter Quay, after the owner of a house boat raised the alarm.

A Kingston police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm police were called to a house boat situated by the side of the river Thames on Palmers Wharf, Kingston earlier today at approximately 3.45am following reports of an attempted theft.

"Officers believe two men have attempted to steal a canoe which alerted the victim."

No arrests have been made, she added.

The police helicopter crew tweeted:

 

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1:18pm Tue 20 May 14

kingstonpaul says...

At least I now know what the bl**ding helicopter was doing waking me up in the early hours this morning. I hope the value of the canoe far outweighed the economic cost (counted in sleepless nights) to the populace of Kingston.
At least I now know what the bl**ding helicopter was doing waking me up in the early hours this morning. I hope the value of the canoe far outweighed the economic cost (counted in sleepless nights) to the populace of Kingston. kingstonpaul
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1:33pm Tue 20 May 14

SteveC1964 says...

My guess would be that the person causing the public nuisance (the attempted theft, not piloting the helicopter), would be the same idiot who last bank holiday was playing a huge sound system from the boat he was on while swearing at passersby at Charter Quay. Some people are very anti-social and many of them seem attracted to boats.
My guess would be that the person causing the public nuisance (the attempted theft, not piloting the helicopter), would be the same idiot who last bank holiday was playing a huge sound system from the boat he was on while swearing at passersby at Charter Quay. Some people are very anti-social and many of them seem attracted to boats. SteveC1964
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3:20pm Tue 20 May 14

chessingtonman says...

Really a Police helicopter for a Canoe? well that's about 2 grand well spent!!!
Really a Police helicopter for a Canoe? well that's about 2 grand well spent!!! chessingtonman
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11:22am Tue 27 May 14

Concernedcitiizen says...

This would be astonishing if it was true but it's not. The helicopter and RNLI were called out because police CCTV cameras appeared to show the suspects were in the river near John Lewis. They were called to try and prevent yet another death in the river.

And whilst some anti-social behaviour comes from people on boats, the vast majority of disturbances on Kingston riverside are caused by people who travel in to the area for the nightlife.
This would be astonishing if it was true but it's not. The helicopter and RNLI were called out because police CCTV cameras appeared to show the suspects were in the river near John Lewis. They were called to try and prevent yet another death in the river. And whilst some anti-social behaviour comes from people on boats, the vast majority of disturbances on Kingston riverside are caused by people who travel in to the area for the nightlife. Concernedcitiizen
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