Spiritual ninja on crusade to keep Weymouth's streets safe from crime

Spiritual ninja on crusade to keep Weymouth's streets safe from crime

KEEPING WATCH: Ken Andre

ON PATROL: Darren McMullen with Ken Andre

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A SELF-proclaimed spiritual ninja from Weymouth has spoken of his crusade to keep the streets of Weymouth safe at night.

Ken Andre, 35, has been practising ancient martial arts for 24 years and walks the streets of Weymouth four times a week on the look-out for criminals and people in distress.

Dressed head-to-toe in black, Mr Andre stalks the streets for up to three hours a night before going to nearby countryside to meditate as well as practice Tengujutsu and Ninjutsu.

Talking about his exploits, Mr Andre, who is a self-employed security guard, said: “On my walks, I come across people who are really distressed or in distress and I will help in any way I can. It has taken me many years to learn these skills but I assess every situation from a distance before going to deal with it.

“I look out for any anti-social behaviour and fights. If I come across someone being beaten up I step in, break it up and then call the police anonymously.

“It can be a terrifying experience but because of my training I can handle it.

“I have had some weird experiences as well. I once found a very distressed woman who was about to abandon her baby in the woods and I diverted that by talking to her.

“A lot of people do see me as a vigilante because I am a ninja.

“People say I am a real-life superhero but I don’t think I am. I walk in the shadows and help people but I always tell people I am just a ninja.”

Inspector Pete Browning, of Weymouth Police, warned that Mr Andre’s night-time walks could cause fear within the community.

Insp Browning said: “While we recognise the public’s different views on how to support their community, the force advises against dressing up all in black like a ninja and walking around the streets at night.

“The intentions may be good but this does present a risk of causing unnecessary public fear.

“Local people could be alarmed seeing a man in dark clothing hiding in the shadows appearing to carry a sword, and could mistake him for a burglar or someone out to cause harm.

“This may result in the unnecessary call out of officers and divert them from attending a genuine incident.”

The news of Mr Andre’s patrols came as a surprise to two managers of nightclubs in Weymouth, who are normally open during his walks.

Chris Dredge, manager of the Aura Cafe cocktail bar on the seafront, said: “I have heard of other people doing it in other places in the country but I haven’t seen anyone or heard of anyone doing it in Weymouth.

“As long as he is not doing anything wrong or causing any harm I can’t see a problem with it. I am sure his intentions are alright but he’s doing it in a bit of an extreme way. I don’t think I would be scared if he approached me.”

Keith Treggiden, manager of Rendezvous Bar and Club, said: “I haven’t heard of anything like this before.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea and I don’t think other people should be encouraged in to doing it.

“If I spotted him in the street or he came up to me I would suggest he put his skills to use by helping out with the street pastors or another organisation rather than put himself at risk.”

DOCUMENTARY ON TELEVISION TONIGHT

 A television documentary on Mr Andre will be shown on the National Geographic channel tonight.
He will star in the documentary Outsiders with Darren McMullen, in which presenter Darren McMullen joins him on his patrols.

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5:51am Fri 9 May 14

Be_Happy says...

Idiot.
Idiot. Be_Happy
  • Score: 20

7:56am Fri 9 May 14

livid99 says...

Hahahahaha !!!!

He should go to Littlemoor at night. That would be interesting !
Hahahahaha !!!! He should go to Littlemoor at night. That would be interesting ! livid99
  • Score: 45

8:08am Fri 9 May 14

JamesYoung says...

livid99 wrote:
Hahahahaha !!!!

He should go to Littlemoor at night. That would be interesting !
Sounds like the script of the next superhero vs arch villain movie!
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Hahahahaha !!!! He should go to Littlemoor at night. That would be interesting ![/p][/quote]Sounds like the script of the next superhero vs arch villain movie! JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

8:39am Fri 9 May 14

Lofty73198 says...

good old echo, i take it they haven't looked at his facebook page or his website, he is mad as a box of frogs...............
...better not say too much, he is probably hiding under my stairs as we speak with the fake gun he shows off on his webpage!!
good old echo, i take it they haven't looked at his facebook page or his website, he is mad as a box of frogs............... ...better not say too much, he is probably hiding under my stairs as we speak with the fake gun he shows off on his webpage!! Lofty73198
  • Score: 43

8:41am Fri 9 May 14

Lofty73198 says...

Lofty73198 wrote:
good old echo, i take it they haven't looked at his facebook page or his website, he is mad as a box of frogs...............

...better not say too much, he is probably hiding under my stairs as we speak with the fake gun he shows off on his webpage!!
http://www.tengujuts
u.com/
[quote][p][bold]Lofty73198[/bold] wrote: good old echo, i take it they haven't looked at his facebook page or his website, he is mad as a box of frogs............... ...better not say too much, he is probably hiding under my stairs as we speak with the fake gun he shows off on his webpage!![/p][/quote]http://www.tengujuts u.com/ Lofty73198
  • Score: 5

8:58am Fri 9 May 14

Portlandgary says...

Well he hasn't been very secret about what he does, seems like a bit of attention seeking to me.
But if he wants to help the good people, as Keith Treggiden suggested, why not volunteer to go out with the street pastor, his martial arts skills could potential be useful in a defensive manner not offensive and his spiritual beliefs may help others.
Skulking around in the shadows is not the way.
Well he hasn't been very secret about what he does, seems like a bit of attention seeking to me. But if he wants to help the good people, as Keith Treggiden suggested, why not volunteer to go out with the street pastor, his martial arts skills could potential be useful in a defensive manner not offensive and his spiritual beliefs may help others. Skulking around in the shadows is not the way. Portlandgary
  • Score: 30

9:07am Fri 9 May 14

weymuffdiver says...

yep I really think the echo should check out people on facebook before they print a story,it sheds a whole new light.
yep I really think the echo should check out people on facebook before they print a story,it sheds a whole new light. weymuffdiver
  • Score: 20

9:37am Fri 9 May 14

navelgazer says...

Mango man wrote:
I read about this in a national newspaper last weekend. Nothing in either article persuades me that this bloke hasn't got some kind of mental health issues.
Apparently he has a wife and kids but rather than stay home he prefers to go out into town on some kind of warped hero mission, very very odd
But isn't that the point of this article.... to hold somebody up for ridicule?

It's not even news, because a quick look on the internet reveals that Mr Andre was reported as his other persona in Yeovil back in 2011.

A cheap and shoddy article, but worthy of the Echo.

At least the "reporter" Lee Irving is pleased with his work, RETWEETED BY LEE IRVING
DorsetEchoLee @DorsetEchoLee · 2h
Good morning Dorset, here is today's front page story. Click on the link to read more http://bit.ly/1j2KcZ
7
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: I read about this in a national newspaper last weekend. Nothing in either article persuades me that this bloke hasn't got some kind of mental health issues. Apparently he has a wife and kids but rather than stay home he prefers to go out into town on some kind of warped hero mission, very very odd[/p][/quote]But isn't that the point of this article.... to hold somebody up for ridicule? It's not even news, because a quick look on the internet reveals that Mr Andre was reported as his other persona in Yeovil back in 2011. A cheap and shoddy article, but worthy of the Echo. At least the "reporter" Lee Irving is pleased with his work, RETWEETED BY LEE IRVING DorsetEchoLee @DorsetEchoLee · 2h Good morning Dorset, here is today's front page story. Click on the link to read more http://bit.ly/1j2KcZ 7 navelgazer
  • Score: 15

10:00am Fri 9 May 14

mark@greenhill says...

Hmm, self styled peace keeper on the streets of Weymouth on a Saturday night....
Let's hope he can swim.
Hmm, self styled peace keeper on the streets of Weymouth on a Saturday night.... Let's hope he can swim. mark@greenhill
  • Score: 14

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