The body of a 35-year-old man from Whitechapel in East London was recovered from The Regent’s Canal near London Zoo yesterday morning after the man tumbled over a bridge parapet while faking a pronounced limp in order to make people feel sorry for him.
Toby Dell, a forklift truck driver, was spotted tumbling from the bridge as he adopted a heavy limp to gain sympathy from an attractive 19-year-old female who was walking towards him.
The woman in question told us: “He was walking perfectly normally at first. Then, as soon as he spotted me, he began dragging his right foot and listing heavily to one side.
“He then seemed to lose his balance and tumbled over the parapet. I looked over the side but he was gone.
“I was going to phone for help but I was expecting a call from my boyfriend so I just told my mum when I got home a couple of hours later and she rang the police”
This is the 2nd incident of this nature in a week. Last Sunday, a 52-year-old woman from Marylebone was killed when she walked in front of a bus in Oxford Street while trying to make a much younger man feel sorry for her by pretending to be blind.