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Hastings District Council is moving quickly to support the safety of the public and its staff members at all its pool facilities, in light of an incident at Havelock North Village Pool yesterday.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said the council had zero tolerance towards bad behaviour at any of its facilities, either between or towards members of the public, or towards its staff.

At Havelock North Village Pool, steps are being taken today to enhance CCTV monitoring of the area so that there will be camera coverage of the entire pool and domain.

Council’s Kaitiaki will be on-site at the village pool as of today, and work has started on installing additional signage warning members of the public to behave with respect towards others.

Police have also said they will be increasing their presence at all facilities over the holiday period.

Police were called to Havelock North Village Pool just after 2.30pm yesterday and two men were arrested after a fight broke out.

The council staff at the village pool were quick to respond to the incident, and called police immediately.

The men involved in yesterday’s incident have been trespassed from all council pool facilities, and the council continues to work with the police and to support its staff members involved in the incident.

Group Manager community facilities and programmes Alison Banks said that council wanted to reassure members of the community that the safety of the general public is its number one priority, and all efforts were being made to ensure all facilities could be enjoyed by everyone without any concerns in the summer ahead.

“Equally, staff safety is also a priority and they do not deserve to be treated with disrespect as their job is to ensure that people visiting our facilities are safe and are having fun,” Mrs Banks said.

 

20 December 2018

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