Police are warning of the dangers of swimming in open water following the death of a man in Leeds at the weekend.

25-year-old Lewis Howlett, who was a teacher at The Farnley Academy in Leeds, died after going swimming in a stretch of the River Aire.

Around 8.30pm on Saturday (30 May) friends who had been with him contacted police to say he had gone missing while swimming.

Emergency services carried out a search of the area and his body was recovered from the water in the early hours of Sunday morning (31 May)

Detectives say there were no suspicious circumstances.

Local neighbourhood policing teams have also dealt with a number of incidents over the weekend with groups congregating at rivers and reservoirs.

We are very saddened to hear about this tragic loss of life and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Lewis Howlett.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s District Commander for Leeds, Andy Farrell

The Farnley Academy where Lewis worked have paid tribute to the much loved teacher.

At just 25 years old, Lewis was an absolute rising star. He was in his third year with us at The Farnley Academy and was known and respected by all.

Chris Stokes, Principal of The Farnley Academy