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Yobs leave broken glass in children’s seaside pool in Southend
10:00am Thursday 23rd August 2012 in News
A COMMUNITY group has cancelled a fun day at one of Southend’s most popular beaches over fears children may be injured.
The children suffered cut feet after yobs left broken bottles in the seafront paddling pool.
Southend Council has already had to empty the pool twice in recent weeks and the community group said it couldn’t take the risk in holding the fun day there tomorrow.
Gary Calcott, a volunteer with the group, said: “There were a few incidents where three children cut their feet and had to be administered first aid the volunteers brought with them.
“One may have had to go to A&E, their cut was so deep.”
The charity, which holds free family events every Thursday, also switched to Jubilee Beach as the first aid station and toilets are nearer than at Three Shells.
Milton ward councillor Jonathan Garston said: “It’s very concerning to hear anyone’s health and safety was put at risk. It’s going to be very busy there and we want to attract visitors.
“People have been in there with bottles – that’s not responsible.”
The Echo reported earlier this month that Southend Hospital is treating a rising number of bathers with cut feet as unlicensed oyster pickers discard shells on the beach.
Lynn Jones, the council’s resort services manager, said: “We acted as soon as we knew about the broken glass and rocks in the pool and have now emptied it so it is safe.
“This is the second time we have emptied the pool in recent weeks. The thoughtless behaviour of people discarding glass in sea water pools that remain full at all states of tide is very disturbing.
“We are monitoring the situation closely.”
Milton Community Partnership will meet at Jubilee Beach at 10.30am tomorrow.
For more information, call 01702 341605.