PICTURED: Thamesmead jet ski 'morons' speed around Southmere Lake and chase ducks

This Is Local London: A man rides a jet ski in Southmere Lake A man rides a jet ski in Southmere Lake

A group of “anti-social morons” have been riding jet skis around a Thamesmead lake in the hot weather.

The “potentially dangerous” behaviour has been slammed by a housing association and residents and there are fears for the wildlife on Southmere Lake.

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Thamesmead jet ski 'morons' ride fast around lake

Residents have reported the group ‘screaming like kids’ as they ride three jet skis up to 40mph and frighten the ducks and geese which swim on the water.

Dave Morris, who lives near the artificially-created lake, which was famously used for scenes in movie Clockwork Orange, said: “There's lots of ducks and baby ducklings on this lake and they are being endangered and stressed out by these morons.

"They also ride close to them and scare them.

“They are going very very fast. They are screaming like kids.

“It is ridiculous – they are all quite old and they are acting like 14 to 15 year olds – they should know better really.”

This Is Local London: PICTURED: Thamesmead jet ski 'morons' ride fast around lake

The 32-year-old says he reported it to Gallions Housing Association, which is responsible for the lake, but felt nothing was being done.

Gallions says it takes the matter seriously and can seek an injunction to prevent trespassers on the lake in future.

Gallions’ Head of Neighbourhoods Andrew Green, said: “The use of jet skis on Southmere lake is anti-social and potentially extremely dangerous, particularly for the wildlife that live in and around the lake.

“It is also a nuisance for residents who live nearby.

“We would advise members of the public who see people using machines on the lake to report the matter to our Customer Contact Team or the Police immediately.”

He went on to say the housing association was reviewing actions to improve the situation including better signage, newsletters and residents’ events.

To contact Gallions’ customer centre call 0300 123 1237.

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11:47am Wed 21 May 14

Joelo says...

Gallions are useless!
Gallions are useless! Joelo
  • Score: 21

12:10pm Wed 21 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants.
Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants. white rabbit9
  • Score: 2

2:53pm Wed 21 May 14

the wall says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants.
You can but them from about £700 2nd hand, so you don't have to be that rich.

Catch the scum, tie them to the jet ski, tow them throught the lake a few times. Then set fire to their jet ski. Job jobbed.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants.[/p][/quote]You can but them from about £700 2nd hand, so you don't have to be that rich. Catch the scum, tie them to the jet ski, tow them throught the lake a few times. Then set fire to their jet ski. Job jobbed. the wall
  • Score: 8

7:20pm Wed 21 May 14

ElsieH says...

As with every sport, there are always a few who spoil it for everyone else.
As with every sport, there are always a few who spoil it for everyone else. ElsieH
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

scumbags I saw them riding upto nesting ducks, hope they crash.
scumbags I saw them riding upto nesting ducks, hope they crash. Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Wed 28 May 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

scumbags I saw them speed by nesting ducks, total asswipes
scumbags I saw them speed by nesting ducks, total asswipes Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Wed 28 May 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

the wall wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants.
You can but them from about £700 2nd hand, so you don't have to be that rich.

Catch the scum, tie them to the jet ski, tow them throught the lake a few times. Then set fire to their jet ski. Job jobbed.
lol or they crash into the lakeside and take the rest of the chavs with them
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Rich twonks with to much money and to much time. Rip off merchants.[/p][/quote]You can but them from about £700 2nd hand, so you don't have to be that rich. Catch the scum, tie them to the jet ski, tow them throught the lake a few times. Then set fire to their jet ski. Job jobbed.[/p][/quote]lol or they crash into the lakeside and take the rest of the chavs with them Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
  • Score: 0

11:29am Fri 30 May 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

lol what a joke they don't know there **** from the their elbow, a reply I just got.

Thank you for your email of complaint regarding the inappropriate use of Southmere Lake.

Our Parks and Open Spaces Manager has confirmed that as soon as we are aware or have a report we visit the area and challenge those using the lake without permission and they are advised to leave the lake and area.

Recently, we have received only 2 reports of children using the lake for canoeing but have not received your reports about jet skis and both incidents were dealt with immediately.

We are keen that the lake is kept clear from inappropriate use. Therefore, in future if you witness any future incidents please contact the Open Spaces Manager, Steve Pyke direct on 07766 140922 or 0300 123 1237, during normal office hours and we will deal with the incident.



Thank you for taking the time to report this matter to us.



Kind regards
lol what a joke they don't know there **** from the their elbow, a reply I just got. Thank you for your email of complaint regarding the inappropriate use of Southmere Lake. Our Parks and Open Spaces Manager has confirmed that as soon as we are aware or have a report we visit the area and challenge those using the lake without permission and they are advised to leave the lake and area. Recently, we have received only 2 reports of children using the lake for canoeing but have not received your reports about jet skis and both incidents were dealt with immediately. We are keen that the lake is kept clear from inappropriate use. Therefore, in future if you witness any future incidents please contact the Open Spaces Manager, Steve Pyke direct on 07766 140922 or 0300 123 1237, during normal office hours and we will deal with the incident. Thank you for taking the time to report this matter to us. Kind regards Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
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