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Children caught in Armagh quarry were risking their lives

Youths in Armagh were dicing with death after taking to swimming in a disused quarry yesterday (Wednesday).

The young people fled the scene, at Killylea Road, upon arrival of police.

But the PSNI is warning that lives could be lost and has urged parents to talk to their children as the warmer weather arrives.

There are numerous quarries across the city and district and beyond the wider county and there have sadly been fatalities in the past.

Constable McAteer explained: “Over the past number of years we have warned the local community about the dangers of ‘hanging out’, playing or swimming in quarries however it appears that our message is not getting through.

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous this activity is. 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.

“I am asking parents to sit down and talk to their children to make them aware of the dangers and also to take the time to make sure you know where your children are and that, ultimately, they are safe.

“There is also an onus on quarry owners to ensure their sites are secure and display the proper signage in relation to trespassing.”

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