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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 December, 2004, 06:21 GMT
'Too slow' police boat to retire
Aidan has been sold to a boating enthusiast
A police boat which has patrolled the River Tyne for more than 30 years is 'retiring' because it is too slow.

The vessel Aidan, which has featured in TV programmes including Heartbeat and Tiswas, is being sold off for 4,500.

Insp John Watts, of Northumbria Police's Marine Unit, said because of her age Aidan could no longer get to incidents quickly enough.

The vessel will leave the Marine Unit in Viking Park, Jarrow, on Tuesday morning for the last time.

She has been sold to a boating enthusiast from Jarrow through brokers Amble Boat company.

'Continue to sail'

Insp Watts said: "Aidan has provided decades of excellent service for Northumbria Police but has also had a bit of an interesting sideline appearing on television.

"We are sad to see her go, but she did not quite come up to standards anymore needed for today's modern policing.

"It is nice to know that she will continue to sail on the River Tyne purely for the pleasure of her new owner. "

Aidan was hired for a week's filming in Whitby during the early 90s for the TV series Heartbeat.

The Marine Unit provides patrol and diving support for Northumbria Police and neighbouring forces in Durham and Cleveland.

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