Luton's olympic swimming pool has began hosting gender-segregated swimming sessions because of "cultural" reasons, it has been alleged.

Users of the competitive pool at Inspire Sports Village in Stopsley – built with taxpayer-funded Olympic money – were given sudden notice that there would be men-only sessions on Friday evenings from July 29.

Women-only sessions will also take place on a Friday evening, but in the smaller community pool.

One outraged female swimmer told Luton News: "The Friday night session for everyone is now closed because of the listed men-only sessions.

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