A CONCERNED councillor says he is worried lives could be at risk if people continue to abuse lifebelts in a popular park.
Labour councillor Alan Clark is a regular visitor to Rossmere Park, in Hartlepool, and he has raised concerns after spotting that the only lifebelt for the large pond had been thrown close to the central island.
His timely warning comes as children across town break up for the six-week summer holidays, with several schools having already finished up for the summer.
The Fens & Rossmere councillor took a photograph of the lifebelt - which has since been returned to its correct place - to highlight the problem.
Coun Clark said: “I am a regular visitor to Rossmere Park and often walk around chatting to residents.
“One of the residents pointed out the lifebelt had been taken from its correct position and thrown across the pond towards the central island. This park is popular with families and young children and there could be a tragedy if someone got into difficulty and the lifebelt wasn’t where it should be.
“I just want to raise awareness, especially now with the summer holidays upon us.
“Whoever did this should know better.”