Man tries to escape Milton Keynes police by jumping into canal

Thames Valley Police reported an incident involving a man in Milton Keynes going for a swim instead of facing questioning.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:50 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 2:52 pm

At around 9:30pm yesterday (April 11), on V4 Waing street by Millward Drive in Bletchley, a man tried to swim away from the police.

The man was stopped by the police, who currently have Section 60, stop and search powers, but chose to run away rather than speak to the officers.

As well as the police, Bucks Fire and Rescue Service were called out to the scene.

A man in Milton Keynes tried to evade police officers by jumping into a canal

A spokesperson for the Thames Valley Police released the following statement: "A male who was stopped by police but did not want to stick around so he ran off. As officers were chasing he decided to go for a swim in the canal. He is safe and well, and is now assisting police with their enquiries."

Section 60 orders were announced at 3pm yesterday, after a 17-year-old was knocked unconscious in a gang attack. The offenders were believed to be carrying baseball bats and knives.

A Section 60 order gives police greater powers to carry out stop and searches, without needing evidence indicating members of the public might be carrying weapons.