Water safety advice in Morpeth
10 Nov 2016 15:41 PM[View Full Size]
Police are reminding children of the dangers of fast flowing water following an incident in Morpeth.
A resident saw a girl in school uniform using the stepping stones recently when she slipped and fell into the water. Fortunately on this occasion the youngster only suffered getting her shoes wet and there were no reports of any injuries.
However police are concerned that other youngsters who follow suit may put themselves at risk of injury if they should also fall.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: "People should always be careful around water and particularly at this time of year we would urge people and school children in particular to be cautious and keep their distance.
"The stepping stones can be slippery when wet and if people fall in the water they risk injuring themselves, even though the water itself may not be deep, there are rocks on the river bed which can be sharp.
"Neighbourhood officers are speaking local schools so they can also get the message across to pupils not to take a risk and use these stepping stones, particularly at this time of year when the river can be running fast."
Anyone who has concerns can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.