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‘Disgruntled’ customer throws three escooters into Nottingham river

A man has been arrested in Nottingham after three electric scooters were reportedly thrown into a river.

Officers launched an investigation after the Superpedestrian Link e-scooters were found in the River Leen, off New Road in Radford, on 19 June last year.

Water flooded the machines, causing £2,670 worth of damage.

It was reported the e-scooters were thrown from a bridge by a disgruntled customer who was upset at not receiving a refund by the company that hired out the scooters.

A suspect was identified and police made inquiries to trace him. He was arrested on Wednesday (3 January) after being spotted in Nottingham city centre.

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The 25-year-old was taken into custody and questioned on suspicion of criminal damage. He was also questioned on suspicion of theft after his former employer reported he failed to return a company laptop after he was sacked in April last year.

He has been released under investigation while further inquiries are carried out.

Sergeant Mark Southgate, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“This was an act of mindless vandalism on high-value machines rolled out for public use.

“Criminal damage will not be tolerated and I am pleased a suspect has been identified and arrested.

“Likewise, the theft of company property is also a criminal offence and offenders can expect to be dealt with robustly.

“Our investigation into these matters continues.”

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