Metal fencing deployed in Oswaldtwistle to deter youths from tombstoning

Metal fencing has been put up around a rock in Oswaldtwistle in a bid to deter youths from tombstoning into water, a news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

Concerns were raised earlier this year about the easy access to the disused quarry after the metal fencing was knocked down and moved.

But workers from Lancashire County Council and Hyndburn Council are believed to have worked together to put up the new fencing.

Cllr Glen Harrison, who represents the St Oswalds ward, said: “There have been officers from Hyndburn Council working on this to push this forward.

“It is fantastic news to be honest that they are putting the fencing up as it was a concern for the community. All sorts of people have been doing it for years, trying to jump in the water.

“There has been a community clean-up to drain the water and I know that a car was found there which is dangerous. If people are jumping in and it is shallow, they can get hurt.

“A lot of young people were doing it during lockdown earlier this year so it is great to see the council taking some initiative. It is positive news for the area. With the fencing, it will make it harder for youths to do it.”

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