/Thug pushes man into canal after he intervenes when girl ‘kicks swan’

Thug pushes man into canal after he intervenes when girl ‘kicks swan’

Police are trying to identify a boy and girl following the incident in east London

This is the moment a man who intervened when a girl allegedly kicked a swan was shoved into a canal.

Police are trying to identify the boy who pushed the man into the water and a girl who is accused of attacking a bird in east London on Friday.

The youngsters were part of a group of youths that congregated at the canal in Limehouse.

A video showed the man arguing with the group after the girl appeared to attack the swan but it is unclear if she actually made contact with it.

As the man was speaking a boy pushed him from behind and he fell in the water.

Superintendent Andy Cox from 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 & anti social behaviour needs our action. Help us by letting us know who these offenders are via 101 or confidentially via crimestoppers.’ 

The RSPCA added in a Tweet: ‘If anyone has further information on these individuals, please contact us on 0300 1234 999.’ 

The youngster, who made his escape on a scooter, was wearing a blue shirt and black shorts.

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