People swimming in Doncaster canal are dicing with death say police

The sunny warm weather has been very nice for the last few days, let’s hope it continues. However we will be upping patrols after reports of people swimming in the canal at Thorne, writes Doncaster East Neighbourhood Team Inspector Alison Carr.

Friday, 23rd July 2021, 12:43 pm

This is very dangerous. A 16 year old boy tragically died in Rotherham after trying to save a friend who had got into difficulty whilst swimming in Ulley Reservoir and someone also died last weekend after swimming in open water at Crookesmoor Park in Sheffield.

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

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Insp Alison Carr.

It is very cold

There may be hidden currents

It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)

It can be deep

There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass

There are no lifeguards

It is difficult to estimate depth.

It may be polluted and may make you ill.

In the early hours of Monday July 12 two men ran from their parked van into Moto Services at Junction 5 of the M18, and stole four £10 cases of lager.

They saw officers who were on patrol and ran off into woodland.

The van was driven the wrong way round the roundabout and down the new link road with no lights on.

The men were later found and interviewed and received restorative justice, apologised to the garage and paid £20 in compensation. The van owner has said he intends to dock the recovery fee of £150 from their wages.

We executed a warrant under the drugs Act on Lobelia Crescent Armthorpe on Thursday July 15. We found cannabis and some money. One male was arrested for possession of drugs with intent to supply .Two new Sergeants joined The Doncaster East Neighbourhood Team inJune. Sgt Andy Buddle is covering the council ward areas on Thorne & Moorends, Stainforth & Barnby Dun and Askern & Norton.

Sgt Simon Lovell is now responsible for Armthorpe, Edenthorpe& Kirk Sandall, Hatfield & Dunscroft.

Sgt Miles is going to Humberside Police on promotion to Inspector.

I wish him all the best for the future.