Swimming pool bars public after 'unacceptable' and 'dangerous' behaviour

Iveshead School in Shepshed
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Public access to a swimming pool in Leicestershire has been “suspended immediately” due to the “unacceptable” and “dangerous” behaviour of “young people”. Iveshead School, in Shepshed, said it was suspending its Wednesday public swimming sessions at its pool.

A spokesperson for the Forest Street academy said the decision had been taken after “several occasions” in which “groups of young people” had committed “vandalism”, been “unpleasant and rude to lifeguard staff” and been “disrupting other swimmers”. They said that on Wednesday (July 3), despite being “reprimanded” by staff for their “unruly behaviour", the troublemakers decided to “throw dozens of water beads across the changing room floor and into the pool itself”.

This caused a “real health and safety concern”, said the spokesperson, and caused “upset and extra work” for staff. The school said that, after “much consideration”, the public sessions would be suspended to “allow time for admission policies to be reviewed” and for “next steps” to be considered.

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The school's full statement read: “On several occasions the behaviour of groups of young people during public swimming sessions has been unacceptable - there has been vandalism, disrupting other swimmers and being unpleasant and rude to lifeguard staff.

“Several have received warnings and others barred from public swim, unfortunately the behaviour continues. On Wednesday 3rd July after being reprimanded by staff for their unruly behaviour a group of young people decided to throw dozens of water beads across the changing room floor and into the pool itself.

“This dangerous behaviour caused a real Health & Safety concern. As you can appreciate if a child had swallowed one of the beads the consequences could be life threatening, if beads entered the pool filtration system they could cause damage to the machinery.

“This caused upset and extra work for lifeguard and premises staff. They shouldn't be expected to deal with behaviour of this kind in what should be a relaxed and pleasant environment for everyone.

“After much consideration it has been decided Wednesday public swimming sessions will be suspended immediately to allow time for admission policies to be reviewed and next steps considered. Updates will be given as and when appropriate.”

Public sessions were held between 6.15pm and 7pm and 7pm and 7.45pm, with a lane swim also held between 7.45pm and 8.30pm. LeicestershireLive has approached Iveshead School for further comment.

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