Police found over ‘100 children’ swimming at Lancashire reservoir
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 24, 2020
A group of more than 100 children were found by police swimming at a Lancashire reservoir.
Officers from Rossendale said they received ‘numerous reports’ of large groups of youths swimming at a reservoir off Grane Road, near Haslingden.
The incident happened on what is the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures soaring to nearly 30C.
It also comes after police issued an urgent warning not to swim in Lancashire reservoirs and lakes during the heatwave.
A Rossendale Police spokesperson said: “Today we have received numerous reports of large groups of youths swimming in our reservoirs with in excess of one hundred children being moved from the Grane Road area.
“Reservoirs can be extremely dangerous and we would ask parents to check on the whereabouts of their children today, if they are frequenting reservoir areas please advise them against this to prevent a potential tragedy.”
In a separate incident today, police in Chorley said around 20 people were also seen swimming in Hill Top Quarry, Whittle-le-Woods.
Officers said they managed to catch two of the offenders and their parents have been notified.
A spokesperson said: “This is a warning message to all the people swimming in Hill top Quarry. Today officers have witnessed 20 plus people swimming in the quarry who have made off on our arrival although we have Spoke to two people who we managed to catch.
“We have also notified the parents. We cannot stress the dangers of swimmining in open waters.
“It could result in Cold Water Shock which could end up with a serious injury or death.
“Please ensure you pass this message on to your children. Please Stay safe and be sensible. AVOID OPEN WATERS!”
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