Northamptonshire Police to contact parents of 40 children caught swimming in a lock

Irthlingborough Lock River Nene
Irthlingborough Lock River Nene

Parents of 40 children who were caught swimming in a lock in Northamptonshire are to be contacted by police officers.

On Thursday officers in East Northants attended the locks near Higham Ferrers where a group of youngsters were enjoying the sunshine, with a large number swimming in the river near the locks.

As the officers arrived, a large number of the children ran off, however officers did speak to some of the youngsters and took their details. They will now be contacting their parents and guardians.

Sergeant Andy Maher from the East Northants Safer Community Team said: “It was clear to the officers that the emergency lifebelt had been used. If this was used in an emergency then that is, of course, fine but if people have been playing with them then other people’s lives could be put at risk.

“Swimming is prohibited in these areas and I would urge parents, carers and guardians of children to question them if they come home with wet clothes to establish what they have been up to. The Environment Agency and Northamptonshire Police can patrol these sites to ensure the safety equipment is present and educate people who are swimming in the area and using this equipment.”

Two life rings near the locks at Higham were destroyed by fire last week and police would still like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed these incidents.