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Police deal with ‘scuffles’ as heatwave swimmers queue to enter Parliament Hill Lido

Security and police in attendance as temperatures soar

25 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

SCUFFLES broke out at Parliament Hill Lido this morning (Thursday) on what is expected to be the hottest day on record.

Security and police are in attendance after a number of ‘minor scuffles’ occurred as swimmers queued to enter the lido at about 10am.

Police say there have been no reports of any injuries or arrests.

It is thought that queue jumpers had annoyed others waiting in line.

The Met has said this afternoon there were “further incidents of disorder” which have broken out during the day. Police remain at the lido to prevent “a breach of the peace”.

The City of London Corporation, which manages the Lido, shut the queue at about 10.20am because it was already so busy.

Posting on Twitter, they said: “Please be aware that we are now closing the queue for Parliament Hill Lido for the rest of the day as we’re already exceptionally busy with the expected hot weather.

“Please do not arrive at the Lido now as the queue is closed and we will not be able to admit any more swimmers for the rest of the day. Sorry for any disappointment, and thank you for your understanding.”

Queues outside the Lido this morning. Credit @LidoPH

A spokesman for the City said: “The queue for the Lido is now closed due to full capacity and we will not be able to admit any more swimmers for the rest of the day. The Lido will not be opening for an evening swim today.

“We thank Heath visitors for their understanding.”

It comes as temperatures in the south east could reach up to 39 degrees celsius this afternoon.

The current record is August 2003 when temperatures hit 38.5C.

Last year a teenager was injured during heatwave fights in the queue for the lido.


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