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Second man dies in River Great Ouse at Bedford within a week in

Two men have died in the River Great Ouse at Bedford in the last week. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A second man has died in a river in Bedford in less than a week - prompting a safety warning from police.

The man went into the Great Ouse near Priory just before 7pm on Sunday. He got into trouble and police and the fire service were call to carry out a search.

He was pulled from the water around 8.30pm and pronounced dead a short time later in hospital.

Police believe he had been socialising with friends before entering the water and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

"Even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulty as a result of undercurrents and deeper water, a bit of fun splashing around can soon turn into something a lot more tragic.

"We urge the public to be aware of the hidden dangers of rivers and areas of open water within the county, even those which may look calm and safe can pose a risk."

– Ch Insp Hob Hoque, Bedfordshire Police.

Last Tuesday, July 18, a 39-year-old man was found dead in the same stretch of river.

A post mortem examination into the death of Zbigniew Lasocki was inconclusive and police continue to treat it as unexplained.

Two people were arrested in connection with his death. A 28-year-old man has since been released and will face no further charges. A 47-year-old was released on bail.