Reckless swimmers venture into a quarry as Leicestershire basks in the spring heatwave


Police are increasing patrols of a former quarry in Leicestershire after reports of people swimming in ‘dangerous’ water. Leicestershire enjoyed glorious sunshine all day with temperatures reaching a pleasant 19C.

But the good weather seems to have encouraged people to take up life-threatening open water swimming. Hill Hole Quarry in Markfield – which was once used for stone quarrying and masonry and is now a nature reserve – has seen a number of people venture in to bathe.

But Leicestershire Police have warned the site harbors “hidden dangers”. In a Facebook post shared by Market Bosworth Police, the beat squad said they would ‘increase patrols in the area’ after ‘one or two’ had already been caught swimming in the water .

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It read: “Summer is approaching and due to the recent warm weather we get an odd couple or two who frequent HILL HOLE QUARRY in MARKFIELD thinking it’s a great idea to use the quarry as a swimming pool… WRONG! We want to do make everyone aware of the dangers of quarry exploitation.

“The water depths are enormous and it can be very difficult to get out because of the steep walls. The water is also very cold and the hidden dangers are immense.

“The quarry contains hidden hazards such as weeds and reeds that you wouldn’t see from the surface. Not to mention hidden sharp rocks and other sharp rusty objects that potentially hide below the surface. Jumping off rocks also puts people in grave danger.

“The border is there for a reason and the signs are also self-explanatory. We will be increasing our patrols in the area. Please report any incidents of people using the quarry beyond the fenced border.”


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