An emergency throwline at Bawsey Country Park. Picture: Ian Burt

A reward of £1,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of vandals who destroyed life-saving equipment at a popular West Norfolk lakeside destination.

Vandals have repeatedly targeted emergency throwlines at Bawsey Country Park, putting lives at risk.

The water at the former quarry is deep and cold, which can lead to cold water shock and four people have died after getting into difficulty in water at the pits.

Warning signs instruct people not to swim but the throwlines are there in case of an emergency.

Richard Wilkins, business development manager at the park, said: “Sadly we have to report the mindless vandalism and theft of another emergency throwline.

“It is impossible to stress how thoughtless, stupid and dangerous this behaviour is.

“This equipment is in place to aid in an emergency situation. You are putting lives at risk.

“We are prepared to offer a £1,000 reward for information that leads to the identification and successful prosecution of the person or persons who vandalised this equipment.”

The park recently held an awareness event, with emergency services attending with rescue boats, demonstrations of equipment and general advice for visitors.

The event, to raise awareness of water danger, was held after the latest fatality at the pits in June when 20-year-old Radek Gina, of Wisbech, died.

Anyone with information to help catch the culprits following the damage has been asked to contact Mr Wilkins via richard@bawsey.co.uk