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SW pools issue warning about poor behaviour

Disruptive behaviour at South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] pools may mean stricter entry criteria for council-owned public swimming pools in Featherston, Martinborough, and Greytown.

SWDC has issued a warning on its Facebook page.

“The odd case of anti-social behaviour has been noted at pools across Wairarapa. You may see us taking a slightly stricter approach to entry for the health and safety of both our staff and swimmers.”

The post noted the service was ratepayer-funded and that the council wanted to keep the facility safe and enjoyable.

The police attended Martinborough pool recently after reports of an “aggressive youth” on the premises. A police spokesperson said a person who was previously trespassed from the pool had become agitated when he was refused entry but had left the scene while the incident was being reported. There was no indication an assault had taken place.

SWDC spokesperson said there had been several reports of objectionable behaviour.

“Over the summer holidays, we were advised that there have been one or two occasions where a few young people have exhibited some anti-social behaviour towards lifeguards.

“This is rare, and lifeguards are well-trained to de-escalate any issues. We believe there has been the odd instance in other parts of Wairarapa as well,” it said.

In Masterton, a teenager was removed by police from Trust House Recreation Centre on January 17.

On that occasion, officers were asked by pool staff to issue a trespass notice, a police spokesperson confirmed.

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