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Reckless drivers ‘playing’ in the river at Garstang atop their 4x4s urged to stop by concerned police worried they are risking their lives

Posted on - 26th January, 2021 - 10:08am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Garstang, Preston News, Wyre News
People have been using their vehicles to ‘play’ in the river. Picture: Garstang and Over Wyre Police

The Police and Wyre Council have received reports about 4×4 vehicle users visiting the ford across Wyre Lane, Garstang for recreational purposes.

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Reports have stated that 4×4 drivers have been using their vehicles to ‘play’ in the river, whilst their friends have used the footbridge to watch.

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The above image was shared with the police and council and shows an allegedly broken down 4×4 vehicle in the river over recent days.

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The vast majority of people in Wyre are continuing to follow the lockdown rules.

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A police statement said: “We are really proud of our law-abiding Wyre residents and are massively grateful, in the face of personal hardships.

“However, the selfish minority of people that choose to deliberately flout and disregard the law can expect to have enforcement action taken against them very quickly, including being fined.

“This type of activity not only risks the drivers’ lives due to the inherent risks associated with driving through deep water, but also risks the lives of anybody that may have to respond to a (completely avoidable) emergency situation.

“Sadly, it also risks putting additional strain on our NHS colleagues, who are battling hard right now to save our loved ones. The Police will be patrolling this area and will take rapid, robust action if we identify people breaking the law. Please help us to save lives.”

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