Giant foam peaks form in fountain after suspected prank in South Shields park

Giant peaks of foam have formed in a popular water feature, causing chunks of froth to float out onto the road.

The fountain in the South Marine Park in South Shields has been left looking like a giant meringue, with chunks of foam floating off into roads nearby.

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields

Park visitors suspect a soapy substance was poured into the fountain's pool last night, with the force of the falling water causing it to form giant mounds of froth.

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One man said: "I was coming up Sea View Terrace when I saw foam floating in the air, and then a huge chunk of it sitting in the road.

"I thought 'hang on?' and knew it must be coming from the fountain in the park. When I went round it was full of foam."

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields

We have asked South Tyneside Council for a comment and are waiting for a response on what the situation is with the water feature.

Pouring washing-up liquid into public fountains used to be a popular prank in decades past.

Water features outside South Shields Town Hall were often victim to such acts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields

Foam filling the fountain in South Marine Park, South Shields