A LEEDS leisure club has been fined £2.55 million following an investigation by Leeds City Council's environmental health team.

David Lloyd Leisure Club Limited pleading guilty to charges against the Health and Safety at Work Act. 

The successful prosecution at Leeds Crown Court followed an investigation into the tragic death of a three-year-old boy as a result of drowning, at the David Lloyd Leisure Club, Moortown, Leeds.

During the investigation health and safety inspectors for the council identified inadequate lifeguarding arrangements at the club over a number of years leading up to the tragic event.

The investigation found that David Lloyds Leisure had been exposing club members to risks contrary to Section 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, between September 1, 2015, and April 22 2018.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, said “I would like to begin by offering the council's sincere condolences to the family. The council will always work with and support businesses to meet their legal duties, however we won’t hesitate to take enforcement action in cases of serious and prolonged noncompliance."

The club was ordered to pay £258,355.80 in costs.