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Cops explain why Scot wasn’t arrested for drunken break-in at water park

A naked Scot and his pal who drunkenly broke into a water park and broke bones will not face any consequences, according to police who have explained why.

Barry Douglas, 44, from Dundee, and his 46-year-old friend Claire Wickers snuck under a fence into a lido during a night out on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

They decided to go on the log fumes and after splashing water onto the slide, went down at speed, ultimately colliding with a barrier at the bottom which neither of them had seen.

Barry collided with Claire at the bottom of the flume and bounced back off her, before passing out for a couple of hours, leaving her worried that he had died.

Barry, who was naked, broke his leg and shattered both ankles and Claire also broke her her leg and shattering every single bone in her foot, according to Surrey Live.

Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment but then transferred to another as their injuries were too severe.

Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment

Forklift driver Barry said: “I was obviously still naked and the water was coming down the flume. I was freezing and passed out.

“We were stuck in there for three and a half hours before the police came to help us.

“The officers saw I was naked and threw my clothes on top of me to try and keep me warm, but they got soaked.”

Police initially responded to reports of “kids” messing about in the pool but Claire had made the break-in suggestion to Barry.

The lido was only a five minute walk away and the mum-of-five had been in the pub and then Barry’s for more drinks beforehand.

Barry agreed and they crawled under the fence around the swimming pool before jumping in and then going on the slide.

Appearing on ITV show This Morning, he said that there should have been “better security” at the waterpark.

Barry also said that it was “too easy to get into” and warned that they may be taking “legal action” against the Lido.

However, no action was taken against the pair, and police have now explained why that has been the case.

Hampshire Constabulary said no action had been taken as “trespass is considered a civil issue” and is therefore “not a policing matter.”

Although, details of the incident have been passed onto the owners of Aldershot Lido, Places Leisure by the police.

Barry said that there should have been "better security" at the waterpark
Barry said that there should have been “better security” at the waterpark

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “We were called out at 3.46am on Wednesday 4 August to reports of concern for safety at Aldershot Lido.

“They were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries, which included a broken ankle.

“No police action was taken against either person as trespass is considered a civil issue and not a policing matter.

“However, details of the incident had been provided to the land owner of the Lido by officers who attended.”

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