Kids warned about playing at Moira quarry


POLICE in Craigavon have issued a warning to parents after reports of youths swimming in a quarry near Moira.

The warning comes less than two weeks after two people drowned in a quarry at Annalong.

Youths have been spotted swimming at a quarry on the Lurgan Road near Moira in recent days.

E District Crime Prevention Officer, Michelle Wilson said: “It is extremely concerning that these young people appear to have no regard for their own safety.

“It is only a matter of time before someone is injured or worse. We have warned the local community about the dangers of ‘hanging out’, playing or swimming in quarries in previous years however it appears that our message is not getting through.

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to enter a quarry site without even considering getting into water there. Not only are those who illegally enter these areas breaking the law through incidents of trespass and criminal damage but they are also putting themselves at risk.

“Quarries are extremely dangerous sites with any number of hazards present. You should not be on the grounds of a quarry unless properly educated and equipped to deal with the dangers.”

Mrs Wilson continued: “We would urge parents to make their children aware of these dangers and to make sure they know where their children are and that, ultimately, they are safe.”