Boat dumped in Manchester street reunited with owners after Twitter fame

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Collyhurst boat
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The two-person river cruiser was found on a street in Collyhurst, Manchester

A boat seemingly dumped at random in the middle of a Manchester street has been reunited with its owners after a social media post of it went viral.

Residents of Rimworth Drive were left baffled when the small yellow river cruiser was abandoned on 10 August.

Salford-based arts company Walk the Plank, which produces the annual Manchester Day parade, has now been given the boat - called Naiad - back.

Its trailer is still missing though - a reward has been offered for its return.

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Liz Pugh of Walk the Plank said it was a tweet that led to the boat's return

The boat and trailer were taken from Walk the Plank's base in Salford.

Creative producer Liz Pugh said: "Someone had broken in on Thursday evening and stolen it. I think what they'd wanted is the trailer which is really valuable and as a result they dumped the boat in Collyhurst."

She spotted a photograph of the boat after seeing a social media post from a BBC Radio Manchester reporter which had been retweeted by a comedian.

Greater Manchester Police said anyone with any information about the theft of the boat and/or its trailer should contact them.

The banana-yellow boat will now be turned into a "river monster" for a show in Reading next month.