Warning given to Derbyshire quarry swimmers

A warning has been issued advising people not to go swimming in a disused Derbyshire quarry.

Police said they had received reports that bathers, encouraged by recent hot weather, had been going into the water at Middle Peak Quarry, near Middleton.

Officers said such water was often cold and deep and could contain hidden obstructions.

After discussions with residents, the police will be putting on extra patrols in the area.

Pc Doug Eyre said: "When the weather is nice it can be very appealing to people to go for a swim in the water at Middle Peak Quarry, without fully realising what the dangers are.

"Please avoid the temptation to go into the water. It is difficult to judge the depth and there could be obstructions which you might not see from the surface, carrying the real risk for a swimmer of getting out of their depth or injuring themselves."

In 2009, a teenager died after going into the open water at Far Hill Quarry, near Ashover while a 30-year-old man died after going into the river at Trent Lock, Long Eaton.

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