COUNCIL officials are investigating after youngsters became covered in paint at Whitby's West Cliff paddling pool.

Their hands and feet turned blue when they went to play in the newly-painted pool.

The inquiry is being carried out by Scarborough Brough Council's technical services department.

Grandmother Marie Hicks, of Spring Vale, Whitby, said that her seven-year-old son, Christopher and her grandson, Arron, ten months, were in the pool when they got paint on their hands and feet.

Christopher, who was wearing flip-flop shoes, became stuck to the bottom of the pool, said Mrs Hicks.

Keith Allen, head of the council's engineering services, said one theory being investigated was that the paint may have been faulty and had not dried and set.

He said the pool was closed as soon as the problem was discovered.