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Whitlingham Country Park ice warning

PUBLISHED: 15:43 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:16 02 July 2010

Whitlingham Country Park ice warning pic by Richard Saxton

Whitlingham Country Park ice warning pic by Richard Saxton

Anthony Carroll

Irresponsible people were putting their lives at risk today by walking across frozen stretches of water at Whitlingham Country Park, outside Norwich.

The warning from the Broads Authority came as park staff found a bench had been placed on the iced up Little Broad and people were also ignoring signs not to go on the park's frozen Great Broad.

Irresponsible people were putting their lives at risk today by walking across frozen stretches of water at Whitlingham Country Park, outside Norwich.

The warning from the Broads Authority came as park staff found a bench had been placed on the iced up Little Broad and people were also ignoring signs not to go on the park's frozen Great Broad.

Russell Wilson, Park Manager said: “This is dangerous and irresponsible behaviour and people are putting their lives, and those of others, at risk.

“While we invite everyone to enjoy Whitlingham, which is like a winter wonderland in the snow, we advise them not to venture on the ice as we don't know how safe it is.

“The water is obviously icy cold and people can die of hypothermia very quickly or drown if they are caught under the ice. Please keep also dogs under control too and don't go after them if they stray on to the ice.”

The Broads Authority is also urging people not to go boating or set foot on other frozen rivers and broads during the current cold snap, which has seen Oulton Broad, Barton Broad, Ranworth Broad and Womack Water covered in ice.

Adrian Vernon, head navigation ranger, said: “The Broads may look inviting when they are frozen and other people may already be on the ice but it is not possible to tell how thick it is.

“It can vary in different parts of the same area of water. Please don't become a victim and endanger the people that may have to rescue you.”

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