Anthony Lawrence dies in Chirk river incident

A local councillor says the area is known to be a dangerous spot for bathing

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Police have named the man who died after getting into difficulty in a river near Wrexham.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Anthony James Lawrence, 21, from Owsestry, Shropshire, following Tuesday's incident near Chirk.

A post mortem examination is due to be held on Thursday.

It is the third water-related death in Wales over the last week.

Mr Lawrence was airlifted to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after emergency services pulled him from the water at an isolated location close to the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Ceiriog, near Chirk.

He was pronounced dead later on Tuesday evening.

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It's a popular place for swimming, for young people, but it's one of the most dangerous places I know”

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Chirk North councillor Ian Roberts says the area - known as Pont Llygoden - is known to be dangerous by local people.

"It's a popular place for swimming, for young people, but it's one of the most dangerous places I know," he said.

"We tell them not to go there - I've even told my own kids when they were younger."

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Councillor Roberts said there had been about three drownings at the spot over the last 40-50 years.

'Strong currents'

"It's a beautiful place, but it's very easy to get caught in the rocks.

"It's very tempting in the warm weather, but I would urge people, especially the young ones, not to go into the river."

Police have renewed warnings not to cool off in open water.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "These types of water can be highly dangerous with strong currents, muscle cramping can be brought on by the cold water and there is often weed or hidden obstacles beneath the surface."

A 52-year-old man died at the Pontsticill Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday after going for a swim while a 24-year-old man died at the nearby Cantref Reservoir on Sunday.

Daniel Clemo, from Trecenydd in Caerphilly, had been swimming with friends when the incident at Cantref happened.

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