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King’s Lynn ferry operator refused to jump ship

King's Lynn Ferry operator Steve Kingston was arrested and pepper sprayed by police during the floods for refusing to leave his boat.

King's Lynn Ferry operator Steve Kingston was arrested and pepper sprayed by police during the floods for refusing to leave his boat.

Lynn Ferry operator Steve Kingston appeared in court yesterday after being arrested on his boat during the huge tidal surge last month.

As the River Ouse swelled, West Norfolk Council officials told the 62-year-old to leave his boat for safety reasons, but when he refused the police were called and he was arrested.

Kingston, who has been running the ferry service for 13 years and sailing since he was seven, yesterday appeared before Lynn Magistrates’ Court charged with obstructing or resisting police arrest on the night.

Supported by wife Gail in the courtroom, Kingston, of Bankside, West Lynn, denied the charge. The case was adjourned until Monday, January 13, for a pre-trial review to be held in the same court.

Kingston’s solicitor Ian Graham told magistrates there were many issues that needed examining before the case could proceed, such as river and shipping by-laws and seafarers’ rights.

 
 
 

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