A dispersal order covering the whole weekend has been put in place at a lethal Lancashire quarry following people putting themselves at 'serious risk' by continuing to visit the site.

East Quarry in Apple Bridge, West Lancashire, is a regular attraction for people when the hot summer days are upon us.

But the quarry is private land with those gaining access breaking the law - and putting their welfare at risk.

In 2015, 13-year-old Miracle Godson - a promising young rugby player from Wigan - died after getting into difficulties in the quarry’s deep waters.

And in 1999, 17-year-old Craig Croston drowned at the site after also getting into trouble in its waters.

Today (June 12), Ormskirk and Rural West Lancashire Police have been once again forced to bring in a dispersal order for the weekend due to people continuing to visit the site despite past fatalities and continuous warnings to stay away.

A dispersal order gives police the power to ask a people to leave an area if they are doing anything wrong - which in this instance would be trespassing.

Police have also been given the power to confiscate anything they believe 'could be used to cause antisocial behaviour'.

In a statement issued this afternoon, a spokesperson for Ormskirk and Rural West Lancashire Police said: "Due to the number of people attending the quarry in Appley Bridge, putting themselves at serious risk and causing antisocial behaviour for local residents, a dispersal order has been authorised by Inspector Clough.

"This will be in place each day over the weekend and gives Police the power to instruct people to leave the area and also confiscate anything they believe could be used to cause antisocial behaviour.

"We will be working in conjunction with British Transport Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue."

The quarry was recently brought back in to use, making it even more dangerous for those who decide to trespass.

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