Swimmers are risking lives in Heckmondwike lake

YOUNGSTERS are risking their lives by diving into a man-made lake in Heckmondwike.

During the recent hot weather vandals have been breaking down fences at the ABLE project, near the Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, and go swimming.

The lake is four metres deep in places and has concrete plinths underwater to anchor a proposed ‘floating’ cafe.

On top of the plinths are steel bolts pointing upwards, meaning the risk of injury is even greater.

The site, which can be accessed from Smithies Lane and Walkley Lane, is fenced off and has signs warning of the danger.

But the hot weather and the start of the school summer holidays has turned the lake into a magnet for youths.

Police patrols have been stepped up while Kirklees Council has warned people not to go swimming there for their own safety.

The ABLE scheme is a £2.5m investment that will also see a fish farm created for the production of caviar from sturgeon eggs.

Project manager Graham Wiles said of the youths: “People just aren’t thinking. They don’t know what’s under the surface.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We are calling on parents and carers to discuss the dangers and hazards with their children.

“Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous, unless as part of an organised club.”

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