Surrey Police has launched an appeal to find the owner of a kayak that was found capsized and floating down the River Thames on December 23.

The kayak was pulled from the river at about 6.20pm at Staines, and officers from Surrey Police, South East Coast Ambulance, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Search and Rescue searched the river and the river bank.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We now do not believe that there was anyone in the boat when it capsized, however we are keen for more information on the boat, where it has come from, and how it came to be floating down the river.

“We're also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen someone getting out of the river Thames this afternoon.”

The kayak is white, and has a number of stickers on the side.

Anyone with information about the kayak is asked to call 101, quoting reference number PR/P17320772.