Starting at around 10:30 pm last night Friday 9th October 2015, the noise of scramble bikes could be heard running up and down the grass strip immediately alongside the Park Farm Middle Level section of the River Nene. Its pitch black down there.
The bikes are being ridden on the river side of the pathway and mainly screened from the residents. The problem with this is should bikes and riders fall into the river, no one will see them and come to their aid, the thick underwater reed beds will do the rest pulling bike and rider under the water. In any case Liferings have been removed, as vandals repeatedly wrecked them.
Police say they are stretched, underfunded and have in effect dumped the Police Panel system. Local patrols have also been cut. But its worth putting them on notice, we could soon have some fatalities on our hands, also consider the River Nene is contaminated with rat urine, and with that life threatening Weil's Disease.
The infection is caught through contact with infected animal urine (mainly from rodents, cattle or pigs. As we will soon be importing industrial loads of these contaminates for the anaerobic digester farm you'll understand the problem), generally in contaminated water, and typically enters the body through cuts or scrapes, or the lining of the nose, mouth, throat or eyes, promoting a life-threatening illness known as Weil's disease,
After an incubation period that can vary from three days to three weeks, most patients suffer severe headaches, red eyes, muscle pains, fatigue, nausea and a temperature of 39C or above. In roughly a third of cases there is a skin rash; sometimes hallucinations.
In very severe cases, symptoms include haemorrhaging from the mouth, eyes and internally. There is significant and rapid organ damage: liver and kidney failure can occur within 10 days, leading to jaundice (these are the only cases that can properly be called Weil's disease). Hospitalisation, followed by antibiotics and often dialysis, will be required if the patient is to survive. Recovery can take months if at all.
If your kids are mucking around near the river late at night, just read the above to them...it may save a life.
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