No swimming at Stowe Pool
After reports of young people swimming at Stowe Pool in Lichfield, the council is warning of the dangers of swimming in open water and asking parents to talk to children about the risks.
Cllr Liz Little, Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, said:
“We’ve had a number of worrying reports of people swimming in Stowe Pool since the hot weather began. If reported to us, our park rangers will investigate immediately.
“We are working with the Fire Service Prevention Officer and the police to alert people to the dangers of swimming in open water and will continue to work to raise awareness.
“It is especially worrying that children have been seen in the water, following the tragic events at Chasewater Country Park, which serve to remind us of just how dangerous it is to swim in open water.
“The water is much colder than it looks and even the strongest swimmer can get into difficulty. The water is also unsupervised which makes it so much more risky. We ask that all parents and guardians speak to their children about the real dangers of swimming in lakes, pools and rivers.
“If any members of the public see anyone attempting to swim at Stowe Pool, Minster Pool or Beacon Park, please report it to us immediately by calling 01543 308867 or if it is out of hours by calling the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
Find out more about the dangers of swimming in open water on Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service's website.