I often see the police boat going past the flat – occasionally at full speed with lights flashing – but also sometimes I also see a couple of sinister black inflatable boats racing up and down the river.

This morning, one seemed to be playing with the police boat and darting around it much as a kitten plays with a mouse.

Some quite dramatic turns as well.




Looks like lots of fun, although I am sure it is all very serious practising for when they need to do such a thing for real. Bet they enjoy this part of their job though.


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  1. Paul says:

    One of those has literally just gone past me. They have writing on the side, can you make it out?

  2. Adam says:

    A couple of the black police boats were involved in escorting the 2008 Olympic flame as it made a short trip on the Thames. A few photos are on my Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aebrookes/sets/72157604487672056/detail/. Those don’t seem to have any markings.

  3. Correct, they have no markings. The Police occasionally borrow these training units from the Royal Marines for a bit of a spin. They don’t have funding to buy them yet, and probably never will.

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