A man has been pushed into a canal after he tried to intervene with a group of youths; allegedly a teenage girl kicked a mating swan and upon confrontation, a boy in the group pushed him into the water.
In Limehouse, East London on Saturday, a girl appeared to be trying to kick a mating swan. However, the footage is not clear enough to establish whether or not she made contact. Yet onlookers on the day were left horrified, leading a man to intervene and try and stop the teenagers from their anti-social behaviour.
When the man went to try and reason with the group of ten teenagers, a boy in a blue t-shirt came from out of the man’s field of view and pushed him into the canal.
The boy, who was wearing black shorts and a pair of sliders, has been shown on footage then riding away on a scooter as he shouts “Have that!”.
Superintendent Andy Cox from the Metropolitan Police said: “Awful viewing. Animal cruelty is an indicator of many other vile behaviours and a tendency towards other forms of violence.
“The assault and anti-social behaviour needs our action. Help us by letting us know who these offenders are via 101 or confidentially via CrimeStoppers.”
Police are now appealing for further information on the pair’s identities.
The footage has been shared onto Twitter and people have been left shocked by the disturbing scene.
Former police officer Mike Pannett wrote: “Who knew how deep that water was? That could have ended up in life-changing injuries to that brave young man.
“Vile cowards and bullies of the highest order.”
Another commented: “Thought swans were protected? Even if not still shocking behaviour. Hope they are identified and caught. Scum bags.”
Yet others took to the comments to try and defend the girl, they said it was possible she was just trying to separate the mating swans.
One person said: “These individuals were trying to stop one swan from attacking another. They were not attacking the swan!”
A second simply wrote: “They were mating.”
Meanwhile, the RSPCA is echoing the police’s call for more information and have tweeted: “If anyone has further information on these individuals, please contact us on 0300 1234 999.”
In other news, parents are backing a headteacher who was suspended after commenting in a radio interview that she thought not all teachers were working hard and that some were ‘sat at home doing nothing’. The headteacher was informed that her comments “raised serious concerns about your professional conduct and judgment…which potentially brings the school into disrepute”.