LARGE gangs of teens have been jumping off Powick bridge into the river below.

Groups of around 30 youngsters were seen climbing half way up the Powick bridge and throwing themselves in to the water today.

St. John’s couple Chris and Calvin Green said it was a regular occurrence.

Worcester News:

They said: “We often walk down here to get away from the hustle and bustle and almost every time we do we see teenagers jumping off the bridge. It is so dangerous, the water is not deep it is really shallow and there is all sorts down there. They will end up breaking their legs.

“We know they are just having fun, paddle in it by all means, but jumping off the wall is just scary.

“Someone could be really hurt and need an ambulance which is a waste of resources when it could be so easily prevented.

“The other thing, of course, is there is absolutely no social distancing!

“Lower Wick is one of the worst hit areas for the virus and they are going round in huge gangs!"

Worcester News:

Local Safer Neighbourhood Inspector David Troth, said: “We know the weather has been nice over the past few days however would warn people that they are putting their safety and the safety of others at risk by jumping into the water and would advise against this.”

“If anyone is concerned about anti-social behaviour we would encourage them to let us know on the West Mercia Police website.”