A trial will be held to decide whether leisure centre chain David Lloyd is guilty of health and safety offences after a six-year-old boy nearly drowned at the Hounslow branch.

Representatives of the luxury gym company were present at Feltham Magistrates' Court on Monday (July 25), where it is accused of exposing a person to risk of drowning.

The incident happened at the David Lloyd Heston in Southall Lane, Hounslow, and the company is accused of 'failing to properly run and manage the indoor swimming pool'.

The full charge against David Lloyd reads: “Failed to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure that persons not in its employment were not exposed to risk to health and safety, namely by failing to properly run and manage the indoor swimming pool at David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Heston and exposing [the victim] to risk of drowning.”

The alleged crime is a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Courts heard how the case will escalate to Isleworth Crown Court on August 22.

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