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Brazen thief steals Thames Clipper river bus and leads specialist marine cops on dramatic chase

Brazen thief steals Thames Clipper river bus and leads specialist marine cops on dramatic chase


A BRAZEN thief stole a 100ft Thames Clipper river bus early this morning, main specialist marine cops on a dramatic chase on the River Thames.

The joyrider jumped over a safety gate and untied the large Uber-sponsored catamaran, which is able to carrying 200 passengers, at 3AM on Saturday morning.

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The Uber-sponsored Thames Clipper was stolen[/caption]

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The boat chase down the River Thames this morning went on for 4 miles. [/caption]

River police had been rapidly alerted and gave chase in a fleet of vessels with blue flashing lights for 4 miles.

They ultimately boarded the stolen Clipper in an SAS-style boat-to-boat leap because the catamaran was doing 30 knots – round 35mph.

A person in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of housebreaking and theft on the controls after a wrestle subsequent to the capital’s Tower Bridge.

The clipper was one in every of 17 operated as a high-speed river bus between Putney in west London and Woolwich within the east carrying 10,000 passengers per day. 

In June the service was sponsored by US-based ride-sharing firm Uber.

BOAT CHASE

A supply mentioned: “The clipper was taken from Thames Buoy Quay reverse the O2 Enviornment the place it was moored in a single day.

“They’re quick boats, the police needed to go full pelt to maintain up.

“One officer mentioned afterwards it was surreal.

“Extremely, the boat was not broken. He will need to have recognized what he was doing.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman mentioned: “Marine help models had been known as to stories {that a} man jumped over a safety gate and stole a Thames Clipper.

“They intercepted the Clipper with the blue lights illuminated. The vessel slowed however didn’t come to a cease.

“Marine officers boarded and took management of the vessel and it was taken to Canary Wharf dock.


“They had been joined by native models who arrested the person, aged in his 20s, on suspicion of housebreaking and theft.

“He stays in police custody and the investigation continues.”

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The person in his 20s was arrested after a wrestle close to Tower Bridge[/caption]