Police now warning about 'unsafe' L&L towpath

Published: Monday, 08 June 2020

PEOPLE who take a 'scenic walk' along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal are being warned to be on the lookout for roaming gangs.

Police officers want to find a group of young thugs who cycle the canal towpath after two shocking assaults in both Bootle and Netherton during late May, warning users of the 'unsafe' towpath, as was reported in narrowboatworld.

Pushed into canal

In the first assault a pregnant woman and her male partner were pushed into the canal at Bootle and in the second assault two boys were attacked and their possessions stolen at Netherton.

On the 6th of May  a man was attacked by a gang on the towpath at Dewsbury on the Calder & Hebble.

The latest towpath attack was last Friday when a man was accosted near Preston Brook Marina on the Bridgewater Canal towpath by two youths who struck him and then took his belongings.

Increase in towpath attacks

There has certainty been an increase in towpaths attacks, with perhaps thieves seeing them as places for easy pickings and quick getaways.