VIDEO: Lives put at risk by 'outrageous' people hurling lifebuoys into Bradford reservoir

Councillor Malcolm Sykes at Chellow Dene Reservoir where people have been throwing the life belts into the water

Councillor Malcolm Sykes at Chellow Dene Reservoir where people have been throwing the life belts into the water

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LIVES are being put in danger by "outrageous" people aimlessly tossing lifebuoys into a Bradford reservoir, a councillor has claimed.

Cllr Malcolm Sykes slammed the people who threw the life-saving items into Chellow Dene reservoir, and backed a safety plea from concerned firefighters.

The plea came hours after fire crews rescued a man who was trapped in the reservoir at Allerton in the middle of the night.

Firefighters and police were called at 12.40am yesterday after a member of public heard the man's cries for help.

The 37-year-old was in a shallow part of water at the bottom of a ten-foot drop, said Jamie Lister, who is a watch manager at Fairweather Green fire station. He said: "He was at the bottom of the wall in a squat position. He had been there a while and had been shouting for help."

Mr Lister added: "We are not quite sure why he was in the water, especially as he was on his own. It is very dark up there and quite out of the way.

Police said they did not know why the man was in the water, or how he got there, but added that he was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary as a precaution. Officers went to the reservoir after a resident of Lyndhurst Grove in Allerton called police.

Mr Lister told the Telegraph & Argus that his crew had visited the reservoir on Sunday to familiarise themselves with the area just in case.

"When we went up there on Sunday, all the orange life-rings were floating round on the water," said Mr Lister. "We want to get a safety message across. Please don't mess around with safety rescue equipment at the reservoir."

Cllr Sykes (Con, Thornton and Allerton) said: "It is outrageous behaviour and is putting lives at risk. Whoever is doing it wants locking up and the key throwing away.

"I don't know what it is that would make people do that. It beggars belief that someone would actually do that."

Cllr Sykes said there had been numerous incidents of "appalling" anti-social behaviour at Chellow Dene reservoir in the past few weeks, including nuisance motorbikes, which he said he hoped police had got on top of.

"There has been a police presence up there, but not for lifebelts," said Cllr Sykes. "It has been to control bikes that are tearing around."

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4:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

collos25 says...

People who do this are worse than vermin and should be treated as such no questions no excuses.
People who do this are worse than vermin and should be treated as such no questions no excuses. collos25
  • Score: 21

4:46pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Albion. says...

With this and swimmers, wouldn't it be possible to effectively fence off the water?
With this and swimmers, wouldn't it be possible to effectively fence off the water? Albion.
  • Score: -7

4:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Apollo says...

There is no point in putting life saving equipment in place.

It is a waste of time and money.

People are idiots especially teenagers. Hopefully one of them will ride their bikes into the water thus solving 2 problems for the price of one.
There is no point in putting life saving equipment in place. It is a waste of time and money. People are idiots especially teenagers. Hopefully one of them will ride their bikes into the water thus solving 2 problems for the price of one. Apollo
  • Score: 19

5:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

toniken says...

Perhaps if a use could be found for the reservoir, especially the bottom one, i know that my club Bradford Sub Aqua have enquired about using this, especially after the reservoir on Baildon Moor was vandalised, perhaps also a sailing club along the lines of the one at Yeadon could also use the reservoir, if their are people around to witness what is happening, then this stupidity could be stopped.
Perhaps if a use could be found for the reservoir, especially the bottom one, i know that my club Bradford Sub Aqua have enquired about using this, especially after the reservoir on Baildon Moor was vandalised, perhaps also a sailing club along the lines of the one at Yeadon could also use the reservoir, if their are people around to witness what is happening, then this stupidity could be stopped. toniken
  • Score: 20

5:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

danny66 says...

as a bailiff for Bradford no1 who leases the top lake I have witnessed the decline in these once fine waters its got to the stage where very few anglers will fish the top lake due to the anti social behaviour this business with the buoys is not new its been happening since they put them there
as a bailiff for Bradford no1 who leases the top lake I have witnessed the decline in these once fine waters its got to the stage where very few anglers will fish the top lake due to the anti social behaviour this business with the buoys is not new its been happening since they put them there danny66
  • Score: 12

5:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?
Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -10

5:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mad matt says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?
you'd need security 24 / 7 and not just one guy.
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?[/p][/quote]you'd need security 24 / 7 and not just one guy. mad matt
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

mad matt wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?
you'd need security 24 / 7 and not just one guy.
So be it.

Why doesn't the Council do it ?
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?[/p][/quote]you'd need security 24 / 7 and not just one guy.[/p][/quote]So be it. Why doesn't the Council do it ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -10

6:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

spearmint wino says...

Went for a walk round there last week and the place was full of easterner Europeans drinking with the bottles and cans being chucked in the water. Must admit it felt a little intimidating.
Went for a walk round there last week and the place was full of easterner Europeans drinking with the bottles and cans being chucked in the water. Must admit it felt a little intimidating. spearmint wino
  • Score: 17

6:35pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

Just another example of Bradford's inevitable and irreversible decline into a sink city.
Just another example of Bradford's inevitable and irreversible decline into a sink city. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 18

7:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bradford88 says...

spearmint wino wrote:
Went for a walk round there last week and the place was full of easterner Europeans drinking with the bottles and cans being chucked in the water. Must admit it felt a little intimidating.
I seen a european kid playing with a lifebuoy he had it wrapped around him like it was a toy so i took it of him and gave him a lecture (not that he understood) There a bunch of mugs and need to get a life. Especially the older ones that watch the kids play in the reservoir whilst getting drunk.
[quote][p][bold]spearmint wino[/bold] wrote: Went for a walk round there last week and the place was full of easterner Europeans drinking with the bottles and cans being chucked in the water. Must admit it felt a little intimidating.[/p][/quote]I seen a european kid playing with a lifebuoy he had it wrapped around him like it was a toy so i took it of him and gave him a lecture (not that he understood) There a bunch of mugs and need to get a life. Especially the older ones that watch the kids play in the reservoir whilst getting drunk. bradford88
  • Score: 8

8:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

halifax exile says...

The problem at chellow reservoir is no one seems to be there to keep an eye on the place. Years ago when i was little, there was an ice cream parlour in the gate house and someone in there keeping a look out. There is meant to be someone in the house now, but i don't know if he's anything to do with the res now, as I've never seen him do anything. Whole place needs an overhaul, bring it up to standard of ogden or Yeadon tarn. Too scary at mo for a mum like me to bring children on my own.
The problem at chellow reservoir is no one seems to be there to keep an eye on the place. Years ago when i was little, there was an ice cream parlour in the gate house and someone in there keeping a look out. There is meant to be someone in the house now, but i don't know if he's anything to do with the res now, as I've never seen him do anything. Whole place needs an overhaul, bring it up to standard of ogden or Yeadon tarn. Too scary at mo for a mum like me to bring children on my own. halifax exile
  • Score: 6

10:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Idle HG says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?
It used to have Park Rangers who patrolled this and all the other sites in the Bradford area but the councilors let the service be merged with 2 others to save office jobs.
Since then the parks have gone down hill and places like Chellow Dene are just a magnet for anti social behaviour.
The police just don't know how to deal with these idiots, the Park Rangers did.
Amazing how a small service isn't missed until something like this happens...
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the Council employ security at the site ?[/p][/quote]It used to have Park Rangers who patrolled this and all the other sites in the Bradford area but the councilors let the service be merged with 2 others to save office jobs. Since then the parks have gone down hill and places like Chellow Dene are just a magnet for anti social behaviour. The police just don't know how to deal with these idiots, the Park Rangers did. Amazing how a small service isn't missed until something like this happens... Idle HG
  • Score: 7

11:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

idf fanclub says...

Fencing our lakes and reservoirs? Costing mega millions. Looking awful.
Nice.

But if the scum wanna drown, who are we to stop them exercising their human rights?

All parks used to have resident Park Keepers/Wardens, who managed and kept security and order. Long gone in Barfdord Kouncil's cutbacks. The Park Rangers also cut back and almost vanished. To employ private sector security at all parks and lakes? Mega mega money.

Why not put man eating piranha in the lakes? Might stop the idiots from going in.

Look on the bright side. The money was spent on a grey concrete wasteland - aka the City Park. Costing over £25 million and losing money by the hour.

A city is its people. Bradford is a dump city because it has a dump population. And run by a dregs administration who don't care and haven't the ability to run a hot dog stall. A city out of control and nowhere to go but down.
Fencing our lakes and reservoirs? Costing mega millions. Looking awful. Nice. But if the scum wanna drown, who are we to stop them exercising their human rights? All parks used to have resident Park Keepers/Wardens, who managed and kept security and order. Long gone in Barfdord Kouncil's cutbacks. The Park Rangers also cut back and almost vanished. To employ private sector security at all parks and lakes? Mega mega money. Why not put man eating piranha in the lakes? Might stop the idiots from going in. Look on the bright side. The money was spent on a grey concrete wasteland - aka the City Park. Costing over £25 million and losing money by the hour. A city is its people. Bradford is a dump city because it has a dump population. And run by a dregs administration who don't care and haven't the ability to run a hot dog stall. A city out of control and nowhere to go but down. idf fanclub
  • Score: 2

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