A man has been remanded in custody after jumping into a canal and staying put for hours while emergency services tried to coax him out.
Emergency services were called to the canal in West Drayton on Friday (August 18) after reports a man was "making threats".
Police attended the scene and reported a man had jumped into the Grand Union Canal.
A specialist police negotiator was called in to talk the man out of the water, but he stayed put for several hours.
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."
The man stayed in the canal four nearly three hours until around 1.40pm, when he was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service, while under arrest.
Simeon Walters, 30, of no fixed abode, has been charged with shoplifting and also being wanted on a recall to prison.
He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Saturday (August 19) and was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance.
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