More than “400 people” at Jamesstone Quarry during the heat wave
More than “400 people” drove into a quarry last night during the heatwave “without regard to the risk”, police said.
Yesterday, Monday July 18, officers were called to the Jamesstone quarry in Haslingden, where reports of more than 400 people visiting the site had gathered disregarding the risk.
It comes amid repeated warnings about open water swimming during the heatwave after scores of men and boys have drowned in the past 10 days after encountering difficulties in canals, lakes and quarries.
Officers have handed out over 25 fixed penalty notices to vehicles blocking or obstructing traffic in Grane Road, Haslingden, and additional patrols will also be in place this afternoon from Neighborhood Crews in Rossendale, alongside officers of TacOps to deal with any anti-social or criminal behavior that occurs.
The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will also be at Jamesstone Quarry to divert people from the area and deliver water safety messages.
Sgt Craig Leech said: “With the warmer weather a lot of people are heading to Haslingden as they will no doubt have heard of the Jamesstone Quarry we have here.
“However, as a result of this we are seeing an increase in parking along Grane Road which is not only anti-social but poses a hazard to other road users.
“The quarry is also private land which, without the express authorization of the owner, constitutes a risk of intrusion.
“We know people may disagree with us, but two teenagers have died in the North West in the past two weeks.
“So that we can keep people safe, patrols will be increased in hot weather between us in the neighborhood and TacOps and we will take action to try to prevent another death from happening – even if it is an unpopular opinion. – we ask residents and visitors not to take the risk.
“A dip in the water could cost you or your child the life, and it’s not worth it.”
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LFRS prevention officer Mark Hutton added: “There are many hidden dangers to swimming in open water.
“Cold water shock can challenge even good swimmers, no matter how fit and healthy you are, the water is always stronger.
“The water can be deep, submerged objects may not be visible and it is difficult to estimate the depth before entering it.
“Although swimmers can enter the water, there are not always suitable places to exit.
“Finally, we urge parents to have conversations with their teenage children about water safety. Materials are available on the Royal Life Saving Society website to help parents learn more about water safety.
It comes after two young boys were taken to hospital after being rescued from the water at Blackpool Pier last night.
Police said the 14-year-old boy is in a critical but stable condition at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and the 12-year-old boy is in Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he is described as unwell, but not critical.
Earlier this month a boy drowned while swimming in a quarry near Wigan.