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West Drayton police incident: Emergency services attend after man jumps into canal

A specialist police negotiator was called in to talk the man out but he stayed put for several hours

Emergency services were called to a canal in West Drayton on Friday August 18 after a man jumped into the water.

A police negotiator tried to talk a man out of the canal for hours when he jumped in, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force said emergency services were called to the Grand Union Canal , in Yiewsley, West Drayton , after the man ran away from police before jumping in.

A specialist police negotiator was called in to talk the man out of the water, but he stayed put for several hours.

 

Police negotiate with the man in the Grand Union Canal(Image: Carole Tarrant)

Metropolitan Police confirmed it was called at 10.50am to High Street, Yiewsley to reports of a man making threats.

A spokesman for the force said: “Officers attended and the man - riding a bicycle - was still at the scene.

“He made off from officers and subsequently jumped into the Grand Union Canal nearby.

“Additional units along with the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are on scene.

“A specialist police negotiator will be attending. Efforts to retrieve the man from the water are ongoing.

“The canal path has been cordoned off while emergency services deal.”

Emergency services attend the Grand Union Canal in West Drayton(Image: Katherine Liggins)

London Fire Brigade sent five vehicles and waited in a bid to assist police.

A spokesman for the brigade said: “We were called at 11.27am to Trout Road, West Drayton, to assist with a police incident.

“There is a person in the waterway and we are standing by to assist police.

“We sent three fire engines and two fire rescue units.”

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