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Full report: Police warning to bridge jumpers and open water swimmers

Serious warnings are being repeated about the dangers of swimming in open water.

It follows the death of a swimmer in Coniston together with this week's soaring temperatures

Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale is a notorious spot for thrill seekers with youngsters tombstoning into the River Lune at the weekend despite the death of a man last year.

Kim Inglis reports:


Water warning to tombstoners

Sizzling temperatures have brought warnings about the dangers of diving into rivers or swimming in lakes in Cumbria.

A 21-year-old man from Essex died on Sunday after being rescued from Coniston Water.

Since the heatwave began this week, youngsters have been diving 30 feet from the Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

It is a craze called tombstoning and last year 22-year-old Darrell Teale from Greater Manchester died after jumping from the same bridge.

Sergeant John Stephens says that Cumbria Police is working to prevent such accidents happening again:

Mountain Rescue warn walkers

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team Credit: ITV Border

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team are warning walkers to take extra care, after a man fell 600ft to his death on Scafell on Monday (December 10th).

High fells are still in full winter conditions and they say ice axes and crampons are essential, especially when climbing north facing gullies.

Scafell and Scafell Pike are popular Cumbrian walking spots Credit: ITV Border

They're also advising climbers to ensure they have good knowledge of the area, and that a map, torch and compass are imperative in poor conditions.


AMBER weather warning

The Met office has increased its weather warning to an Amber status for areas including North West England and Southern Scotland for the 18th July.

The amber warning means 'Be prepared' and is one stage higher than the yellow warning previously in place which means be aware.

The Met office say heavy rain is expected across northern England and southern Scotland. They say between 20 and 30mm of rain is expected but in parts of southern Scotland between 50 and 80mm could fall.

Because of the already saturated land the rainfall could lead to flooding in some parts.