NORTHUMBERLAND Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to the public about the dangers of fast-flowing water.

Due to heavy rain causing higher river levels, people are being told to be extremely cautious around all watercourses, streams, rivers, reservoirs and ponds.

It comes following a number of recent water-related incidents. 

The fire and rescue service said a standing depth of as little as 15cm, coupled with fast flowing water, can be enough to sweep an adult off their feet.

The advice is to stay a minimum of three metres from the edge of the water at all times.

People are being reminded that if they do get into difficulties, or see anyone else in danger, they should stay calm and alert the emergency services immediately.