A waterpark has banned kids from naturist functions after a mob accused participants of being “paedos” during a protest over safety.
Management said they have hosted the skinny dipping sessions for more than two decades without any issues.
But around 30 fuming residents gathered outside Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent whilst a British Naturism event was under way.
The events, which usually attract around 300 adults and children, have drawn fierce criticism recently by people concerned perverts will prey on youngsters.
Following a protest over the weekend during the latest session, Waterworld has said it will change its rules, StokeOnTrentLive reports.
Owner Mo Chaudry said: “British Naturism is a perfectly law-abiding organisation which has been hiring our venue – and many similar sites across the UK – for private events for over 20 years.
“In all that time, the sessions have taken place happily and peacefully with all appropriate health, safety and safeguarding policies in place, giving our team no reasons for concern.
“However, it has become clear following extensive dialogue with our customers that a growing number are unhappy with these sessions being open to children and young people.
“So, while we are happy to continue hiring out our venue to naturists, the board of directors have decided to amend our company policy – future events must now be restricted to over 18s.”
He added: “Having arrived in the UK from Pakistan as a young boy, unable to speak a single word of English, I know precisely what it feels like to be discriminated against.
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“And that is why, throughout my years in business, I have always been determined to treat everyone equally, and fairly.
“Although I do not personally share the views of naturists, I feel it is important to acknowledge the freedom of choice for all people providing they abide by the laws of the land.
“However, my staff have been subjected to unacceptable and unwarranted abuse from those protesting against the event that took place over the weekend. This is something that I cannot allow to continue in the future.
“And from our point of view, we have always prided ourselves on listening to the wide-ranging views of all our customers.
“British Naturism is welcome to continue hiring Waterworld outside of public opening hours for its private events. But in future, it will simply be on the condition that these sessions are only open to people aged 18 and over.”
A mob were so unruly over the weekend that Staffordshire Police were forced to attend to calm the situation.
Protesters surrounded naturists’ cars and hurled abuse at participants.
People reportedly chanted “save our children” whilst others shouted “paedos”.
A police spokesman said: “A small number of people attended Waterworld on Saturday evening to protest at a nudist swimming event.
“Police attended to ensure that there was no breach of the peace. No arrests were made.”
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