FISHING has returned to the lake at Himley Hall, but anglers are being urged to following social distancing rules.

Dudley Council bosses have lifted the restriction on fishing at the beauty spot after the government slightly eased lockdown rules last week.

Additional rules are now in place as anglers must keep 15 metres apart at all times, the number of fishing pegs available has been reduced and social gatherings are not permitted.

Council chiefs have warned fishing will only be able to continue as long as people follow social distancing guidelines and have warned the situation could change if people do not follow the rules.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: "We’re pleased to be able to re-open the lake at Himley for fishermen as we know it’s popular and has been much missed.

"As we are still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, we have to ask anglers to respect additional rules we have had to put in place to ensure social distancing continues to be observed.

"That means no social gatherings – the lake is being opened up for people to fish, not to catch up with their friends.

"I am sure we will have no problems, but it goes without saying we will keep the situation under constant review to make sure people are following the rules."

The golf course has also re-opened at Himley, and sailing has also recommenced on the lake after the government eased restrictions on some outdoor activities last week.