People caught on video ‘stealing’ bottled water meant for London Marathon runners

London Marathon have said they are aware of the footage and will be investigating the incident

Alexandra Sims
Sunday 24 April 2016 19:22
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The alleged looters appear to fill bags and bin liners with the bottled water
The alleged looters appear to fill bags and bin liners with the bottled water

Scores of people have been captured on video supposedly stealing bottled water laid out for athletes running the London Marathon.

The footage purportedly shows people of various ages helping themselves to crates of Buxton water at a water station in Deptford, south east London on Sunday.

The alleged looters appear to fill bags and bin liners with the bottled water, while a small number of athletes run past the stand in the clip, initially uploaded to Facebook by Mark Hudson.

The man filming the video, who is understood to be Mr Hudson, tells the camera: “Obviously hard times in Deptford, the water supplies not reached here yet, as you can see by all the locals trying to nick all the water that is actually for the marathon runners.

"Although the last coach has gone past so the marathon runners are in their own but it's quite a sad state.”

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Buxton Natural Mineral Water stations are available for runners along every mile of the sporting event from Mile Three and are manned by volunteers.

London Marathon have said they are aware of the footage and will be investigating the incident.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director for London Marathon Events Ltd, said: “It’s very disappointing to see water being stolen in this way from the official water stations for our runners.

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“These water stations are staffed by volunteers and we are very grateful to them for their work on Race Day.

“We always brief our volunteers not to get into altercations if this kind of thing happens. We’ll investigate this further.”

Around 40,000 people took part in the race around the English capital, which will see the millionth London Marathon runner to cross the line.

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge finished in two hours, three minutes and five seconds - just off the world record mark of 2:02:57 set by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.

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