Police helicopter pursues injured cyclist mistaken for escaped hospital patient

The Met's helicopter unit was called to search for the man - later discovered to be an injured cyclist

The Met's helicopter unit was called to search for the man - later discovered to be an injured cyclist

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - 020 8722 6313

A man on his way home from hospital was chased by police in a helicopter who thought he was an escapee.

The man, who had visited Kingston Hospital after falling off his bike and damaging his clothes, was discharged and allowed to keep his hospital gown after treatment.

He was spotted walking his bike along the pavement in London Road while wearing the gown by a passer-by, who called police out of concern for him.

Officers began a search, which included the Met's helicopter unit, at about 5pm on Saturday.

When they caught up with the man, he allayed their fears and was allowed to go on his way.

@MPSKingston tweeted: "Male had been discharged from hospital after falling off his bike and was allowed to keep the gown!!"

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11:50am Tue 19 Aug 14

Baron Digger says...

OMG how much did that cost for the helicopter and who is paying for that when a PC on foot or on a biycle would have done, and who is paying the NHS for the gown? Oh ....the Tax payer.
OMG how much did that cost for the helicopter and who is paying for that when a PC on foot or on a biycle would have done, and who is paying the NHS for the gown? Oh ....the Tax payer. Baron Digger
  • Score: -4

12:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Red_Rock says...

Baron Digger wrote:
OMG how much did that cost for the helicopter and who is paying for that when a PC on foot or on a biycle would have done, and who is paying the NHS for the gown? Oh ....the Tax payer.
You think an escapee could be found by a PC on foot or on a bike? Your logic seems to be as bad as your spelling.
[quote][p][bold]Baron Digger[/bold] wrote: OMG how much did that cost for the helicopter and who is paying for that when a PC on foot or on a biycle would have done, and who is paying the NHS for the gown? Oh ....the Tax payer.[/p][/quote]You think an escapee could be found by a PC on foot or on a bike? Your logic seems to be as bad as your spelling. Red_Rock
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

SteveC1964 says...

Would it have been too much for the person who called the police to simply ask the person in the gown, (who apparently was walking), if they were OK? And yes I'd agree with Baron Digger, a PC or PCSO on a pedal cycle or bike is much more likely to be able to find a person in a hospital gown walking down Old London Road or Clarence Street. A PC on foot could easily go into a shop and look to see if the 'fugitive' was there. An officer in a helicopter can't do that. What would a hospital gown cost? About £2.50 I'd guess, and I should think that's a small price to pay for covering this person's modesty in public. Well done Kingston Hospital and your good staff.
Would it have been too much for the person who called the police to simply ask the person in the gown, (who apparently was walking), if they were OK? And yes I'd agree with Baron Digger, a PC or PCSO on a pedal cycle or bike is much more likely to be able to find a person in a hospital gown walking down Old London Road or Clarence Street. A PC on foot could easily go into a shop and look to see if the 'fugitive' was there. An officer in a helicopter can't do that. What would a hospital gown cost? About £2.50 I'd guess, and I should think that's a small price to pay for covering this person's modesty in public. Well done Kingston Hospital and your good staff. SteveC1964
  • Score: 3

3:24am Thu 21 Aug 14

321200 says...

The police helicopter was already over Kingston searching for a burglary suspect. I doubt it would have been tasked to this job otherwise
The police helicopter was already over Kingston searching for a burglary suspect. I doubt it would have been tasked to this job otherwise 321200
  • Score: 3

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