Safety Appeal As Kids Frequent Lurgan Building Site

Police have issued a warning to parents after reports of children treating a building site in Lurgan as a playground and putting themselves in potentially fatal danger.

Damage was reported to The Hollows development, off Gilford Road in the County Armagh town in recent days.

Images shared by the PSNI show vandalism and various building materials that could potentially cause fatal injuries.
News Image
Warning parents to speak to their children about the danger of playing at building sites, a police spokesperson said: "To some children, it looks like a play ground, one which they've set about systematically destroying. It's testament to the foreman that he's actually less concerned about the damage to the site, and more concerned that it could lead to us having to knock your door to tell you your child won't ever be coming home.

"That picture of what looks like a hole is actually an open piece of the work which is a drop the height of several floors! If your child goes down there, it'll be a hearse needed, not an ambulance.

"If your children play in the area, make sure they know the dangers. Building sites are secured for a reason. Aside from the very serious matter of criminal damage which will be pursued should we find someone doing it, they are literally dicing with death playing around there.

"Have the conversation today before you let them out for the weekend. It could save a life."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

18 September 2019
£100k Suspected Cannabis Seized In Co Down
A police raid in County Down has led to the discovery of suspected cannabis worth an estimated £100,000. The plants were discovered by detectives from the Organised Crime Branch during a planned search at a house in Moira on Tuesday 17 September.
20 October 2017
'Children Should Not Be The Latest Victims Of Daft Political Games' - Alliance
Children should not be the latest victims of daft political games, Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said. She made the statement after the announcement that the defence of "justifiable assault" will be removed from Scottish law, which will protect children from physical abuse.
24 January 2019
SDLP: Stormont Stalemate Is 'Wilful Neglect' Of Children's Health
The SDLP's Health Spokesperson has deemed the continuing political stalemate in Northern Ireland as a "wilful neglect of children's health".
03 January 2019
Young Children Narrowly Escape Injury In Newtownards Attacks
Young children have narrowly escaped injury after several homes and vehicles were targeted by the UDA in County Down. Police released details of a spate of attacks in Newtownards on the night of Wednesday 02 January, which they believe members of the South East Antrim UDA are responsible for.
18 December 2018
Children Left Terrified In West Belfast Burglary
A west Belfast family has been left shaken after masked men with a suspected gun broke into their home. It is believed as many as three people ransacked the house in Lagmore Drive on Monday evening. Three young children were at home when it happened.