A video has emerged on social media, which shows the moment when a concerned member of the public was pushed into a canal after he intervened when two swans were kicked by a female.
It is understood that the swans were fighting at the time when the young female took it upon herself to kick the swans apart.
The incident happened in Limehouse, East London sometime during Saturday evening.
In the footage, a girl wearing white trainers, with black leggings and a pink top can be seen to descend a ladder down towards a canal.
Below her, two swans are fighting only feet away from the footpath that runs adjacent to the canal.
The female kicks the swans as they try to mate
While holding on to the ladder, she then appears to kick one of the swans, forcing the two of them apart.
The Swans then try and seek refuge by hiding behind a boat.
The girl, accompanied by other youths, then walk alongside the canal in an attempt to catch up with the two swans.
But before the two swans can be attacked again, a concerned member of the public shouts ‘hey’ as he approaches the group.
A male pushes the concerned member of the public into the canal before running away
The concerned male, who is wearing a green top and black shorts, then tries to engage with the group, pointing out that they should not be attacking the swans.
As he quickly becomes surrounded by at least 11 people, another male, wearing a black baseball cap, blue shirt, black ‘Nike’ backpack and blue shorts, runs up behind the concerned member of the public and pushes him, hard, into the canal.
The male then runs off from where he came from, as the concerned member of the public goes hurtling into the water.
As the victim struggles in the water, the gang then start to laugh at him and hurl abuse towards him.
The good samaritan hurtles down towards the murky water
The male who pushed him in can then be seen to leave the area on his scooter while shouting “have that” as he is spurred on by his mates.
Speaking about the footage, Metropolitan Police Superintendent Andy Cox tweeted to say:
“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;
@MetCC or confidentially via Crimestoppers” (0800 555 111).
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