Tytherington quarry safety message received by trespassers
THE MESSAGE has been received and heard by youngsters in Thornbury and Tytherington, who have resisted the temptation to take a dip in the quarry's cold waters since its owners' urgent safety appeal.
Weighed down by the sweltering heat, hundreds of young people flocked to North Face Quarry, one of three quarries in Tytherington, ducking under fences and evading security at the mothballed industrial site.
Police had to be called on one occasion after 40 people sneaked in the quarry at once to enjoy a picnic by the water or for a swim.
With six people found dead at quarries around the country since the start of the summer, North Face owners FCC Environment stepped up security, hiring security guards, fixing the damaged fence to keep trespassers out and putting up new warning signs.
They also launched an appeal to youngsters in the area, through the Gazette, to stay safe, highlighting the dangers of illegally swimming in quarries.
And the warnings have sunk in. Just two intruders were stopped by guards and sent on their at the beginning of August, a huge drop from the nearly 200 caught in just two weeks at the end of last month.
Site supervisor Aziz Shamsul Huda said: "It could be because of the weather but last week there were only two trespassers.
"We've got the relevant signs up around and we've got the fence and obviously the article in the Gazette helped.
"I think people are realising the dangers of it. The community are more aware of the issues and they will probably try to prevent the young ones from going."
Quarry water is exceptionally cold and can cause even the best swimmers to get cramp, go into shock and drown quickly.
Mike Snell, head of external affairs for FCC Environment, said: "There has been a reduction in the number of trespassing attempts. "However, we remain concerned that when the warm weather returns, some young people will be tempted to break into the site and swim in the water."
He added: "We remain focused on preventing people from trespassing as swimming at unsupervised sites like this can be fatal.
"In order to prevent any accidents at Tytherington North Face, we need the support of the community to spread the message, particularly to young people, that breaking into and swimming in quarries is simply not safe."
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