Teenagers risk their lives by playing football on a frozen canal.
The pair of boys have been labelled ‘crazy, mindless idiots’ for the stunt on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the Infirmary area of Blackburn. On the 10th January similar incidents were reported on the canal in Clayton-le-Moors and a lake in Barrowford, as officials warned that East Lancashire could have a tragedy on its hands if the practice did not stop.
In some cases, the youngsters were etching words into the ice to the shock of passers-by. The reckless antics came on the day a man died in the River Tees, Stockton, trying to save his two dogs. On Friday, two middle-aged brothers died after falling into icy water in Leicester’s Watermead Country Park.
Inspector Gary Crowe said: ‘During the current icy conditions, adults as well as children are walking, or playing, on ice on lakes, ponds, canals and rivers. It is not safe and if anyone should fall through the ice, hypothermia can set in very quickly, making it almost impossible to get out safely.’
Gill Owen, from British Waterways, which manages the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, said children were putting themselves and those who have to rescue them at risk. She said: ‘We would urge parents to ensure their children keep away from frozen canals because they are simply not safe.’
The message from us here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire is therefore to stay safe during these freezing times, do not walk on any frozen water and also remind those around you it is not safe.