Warning signs put up to alert people to Middlesbrough's frozen lakes and ponds
Posted by Ben Alexander.
Warning signs have been put up to warn people about the danger of frozen lakes and ponds in Middlesbrough.
The signs have been installed around waters in Stewart Park, Albert Park, Hemlington Lake, Fairy Dell and Central Gardens.
The public are being urged to not to walk or skate over the lakes, and Middlesbrough Council said there have even been reports of cycling over some lakes.
Although the big chill is severe, ice formed on lakes is not usually thick enough to support a person's weight, the authority said.
Councillor Paul Thompson, Middlesbrough Council's executive member for Streetscene Services, said: "I would strongly urge everyone to keep off the town's iced-over lakes.
"The water is deep and cold enough to cause serious injury or even the death of anyone who falls in - but those venturing onto the ice won't realise the danger until it is too late."
Recently, some motorists in Somerset were seen driving on a road, closed due to dangerous icy conditions, despite the presence of warning signs.
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