David Lloyd leisure clubs facing prosecution over three-year-old Rocco Wright's untimely death

A British leisure group is facing prosecution after a three-year-old boy drowned in one of its swimming pools. David Lloyd Leisure, founded by the tennis player, could be charged with health and safety breaches over the death of Rocco Wright. Rocco died after being found in the pool at the Leisure centre in Moortown, Leeds, in 2018. The toddler was pulled from the water by his father. There was only one 17-year-old lifeguard on duty at the time of the incident. Mr Wright described how his panic grew as he searched for Rocco before he spotted him at the bottom of the main pool. On Monday a jury inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court ruled his death was accidental. The jury was told by coroner Jonathan Leach that accidental death was the only available verdict. After the inquest Leeds City Council said it believed the group had breached health and safety laws and intended to "prosecute in the near future". A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “The death of a child in any circumstances is tragic, and we continue to offer the Wright family our sincerest sympathy. "We will keep in regular contact with the family and ensure they are informed and supported throughout this next stage." Natalie Marrison, representing Rocco’s parents Catharine and Steven Wright, said they supported any prosecution. Ms Marrison said: "At the heart of this is a three-year-old boy who has lost his life. "The family remain devastated by the loss." The inquest previously heard how Rocco had to be pulled from the water by his father Steven Wright in April 2018. He said his son had never got into the pool by himself and the inquest heard there were no witnesses or CCTV evidence that could explain how Rocco ended up in the water. The jury found that the youngster had probably been under the 1.2m (4ft) deep water for more than two minutes. Mr Wright said that the family had "lost the fun from our lives" following Rocco's death. "We're definitely going to fight for further law and guidelines in this field, just to make sure it can't happen to anyone else," he said. "No-one should lose a child at a family swim session." About David Lloyd David Lloyd established the first leisure centre in 1982 and opened the first club, aimed at providing a family orientated, high quality fitness and relaxation facility. The club was very unique compared to the traditional gyms and sports centres of that time. There was also an emphasis on racket sports. By 1995, there were 18 David Lloyd Leisure clubs when Whitbread PLC acquired the company for £182 million, incorporating it into its Restaurants & Leisure Division. Gerrard Duxbury remained as managing director of the division until 1996. In February 2017, David Lloyd Clubs ranked 21st out of 30 companies to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times. The recognition was in part, due to it achieving a high engagement score on the Best Companies’ survey, which was completed by a random sample of its teams. In a statement after the inquest, David Lloyd Leisure said it wanted to express its deepest sympathies to Rocco's family. "David Lloyd Leisure never places profit above safety," it said. The organisation added that safety was its "number one priority" and it was "unaware on what basis Leeds City Council intend to prosecute". #DavidLloyd #Leeds #RoccoWright #LeedsCityCouncil

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