Children warned to stay away from flooded subway in Daventry after swimmers spotted taking a dip

Daventry residents are being urged to stay away from a flooded subway on Staverton Road – after children were reported swimming in it earlier this week.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 1:48 pm
Children have been swimming in the water.

The subway, on Staverton Road and opposite to the fire station in Marlow Close, is currently fenced off due to water of a depth of almost five feet.

Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to stay away from the subway after Northamptonshire Police received a 999 call earlier this week of young children being fully submerged and swimming within the subway.

The danger of a child drowning in this subway is a very real threat, as is the water quality which could contain hazardous materials such as oil off the roads.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The fire service has been working with nearby schools this week to encourage them to reinforce water safety messages to pupils.

Norm James, a watch commander at Daventry Fire Station, said: “Normally you would associate drowning with rivers, lakes or quarries – but this a busy subway in the middle of town that schoolchildren and adults regularly use.

“We would urge everyone to find alternative routes if walking so as to avoid this subway.”