Disorderly skipper in police boat chase

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.”

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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.


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