Deaths spark reminder about flooded pit dangers in Leighton

Pratts Quarry lake danger, MPLO PNL-141205-125216001
Pratts Quarry lake danger, MPLO PNL-141205-125216001

The public is being reminded of the dangers posed by a flooded pit in Leighton, in the wake of several water-related tragedies in the region during the hot weather.

A man died and a woman was left in a critical condition after getting into difficulties in two separate incidents at the Blue Lagoon in Bletchley, while a teenager drowned at a lake at a quarry in Clophill last week.

Back in May, councillors, as well as the Southern Residents Group, called on Sibelco to take action at the Pratts Quarry site in Sandhills after youngsters got through fencing to wade into the water.

The quarry operator pledged to act swiftly to address the safety concerns with summer approaching.

Speaking this week, Councillor Amanda Dodwell said: “Following the concerns that were raised a few months ago, Sibelco took these on board and took a number of measures to further enhance safety around the quarry – including making improvements to the fencing and reducing the water level. They also produced a safety leaflet to distribute to neighbouring homes.

“However, residents still must consider that this is an operational quarry, and quarries are inherently dangerous places. They must heed the warnings given by Sibelco and keep away, and keep their children away. However inviting the water may look in this hot weather, it is extremely dangerous.

“I would again ask residents that if they see anyone in the water then they should contact the police on the non-emergency number. If they see anyone in difficulty then they should call 999 immediately.”