Officers commandeer a RIB to pursue 'abusive captain' across Brayford Pool

A man led police on a dramatic waterborne chase around Brayford Pool in Lincoln, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Officers took to the water after a report that the captain of a vessel had been shouting obscenities at nearby sea cadets.

But the man, who had been observed on CCTV drinking from a can while he moored at a viewing platform, took off on seeing the police approach.

He then led them up and down the river before they trapped him against a large pleasure cruiser.

Local barmaid Amy Everitt told the Lincolnshire Echo: “It was quite funny really – people were cheering and clapping as he was brought in.”

Sea cadet district officer Mike Bowskill, who was among the instructors who took the police officers out on the water, said:

“It’s not your everyday sort of incident, but it was nice that we could provide a public service.

“We’ve not been involved in anything like it for a very, very long time but whenever the police or fire service ask we are always happy to help,” he added.

A 31-year-old man from Lincoln has been charged under section five of the Public Order Act 1986 – using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour – and section four of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle in a public place, when unfit to drive through drink or drugs.