Leisure centre security call

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 January 2011

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William Ceron

A SWIMMER is calling for better security at a Weston leisure centre after he was targeted by thieves for a second time.

Michael Baker claims he has been a victim to two locker thefts while using the swimming pool at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Last year the 52-year-old had a wallet, driver’s licence, bank card and membership pass taken while he used facilities at the 
centre.

Then, two weeks before Christmas, his locker was broken into again and a few items of clothing were stolen.

Michael, who is retired, met with bosses at the Parkwood Leisure-operated centre to discuss security for the locker areas.

He said: “I’ve suggested a few ideas including putting up signs to warn users of thieves and also to introduce turnstiles to restrict access to the locker area. The managing director said he’d look into the suggestions, but made no promises apart from organising a meeting with staff to raise the issue. It’s a problem because I know a few others who have been targeted, and I don’t think the current system of security surrounding the lockers is good enough.

“Anyone can walk into the area and on a quiet Saturday night someone can try and pull open some of the locks.”

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre is owned by North Somerset Council, but managed by Parkwood Leisure.

A spokesman for the council said: “The managing director has spoken to the gentleman concerned following his complaint.

“Generally, thefts from lockers are not an issue at the centre.”

But Mr Baker said: “Two thefts from one person in 18 months is no coincidence, there is obviously a problem and it should be addressed.”

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