Warning to swimmers

CHILDREN have been warned not to swim in locks and rivers by police in St Neots. Officers have been explaining to teens at River Mill Lock in St Neots about why swimming there is dangerous. But they fear the message isn t getting through as children keep

CHILDREN have been warned not to swim in locks and rivers by police in St Neots.

Officers have been explaining to teens at River Mill Lock in St Neots about why swimming there is dangerous.

But they fear the message isn't getting through as children keep jumping in the river near the lock.

Some teenagers have also been spotted jumping off the nearby river bridge, which has spiked metal railings running underneath it.

PCSO Martin Swain said: "We have spoken to teenagers and to local schools about the dangers of swimming and jumping in the river, and really want to reinforce just how reckless this behaviour is.

"The river has a strong current, particularly near the lock, and swimmers could easily get into difficulty. With no supervision or life guards, as you would have in a swimming pool, if swimmers get into trouble there will be no one there to help them and they could easily drown."

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He added: "We understand that it is fun to jump in the water in such hot weather, but if you want to go for a swim, go to your local pool.

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