SWIMMERS tempted to go for a dip during the ongoing heatwave have been warned not to go into any of the county's quarries.

Swimming spots like Gullet Quarry and Shavers' End have seen injuries and even deaths in recent years.

Because of this, the Malvern Hills Trust and West Mercia Police are warning people to stay away.

Police officers have been carrying out regular patrols around Gullet Quarry over the last few days having turned away large groups of revellers during a similar heatwave last summer.

Earlier this month, they turned away two men who had been jumping into the water.

A tweet from Malvern Cops said: "Two males swimming in #gulletquarry this afternoon, big splashes from jumping in were big giveaways.

"Knew they shouldn't have been in the water, it was too tempting not to go in.

"Details obtained for positive action to be taken."

A similar message was put out by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, who said: "Cold water on a hot day can be a killer.

"Open water such as Gullet Quarry, in Malvern, may look appealing to swim in during this hot summer weather.

"But, no matter how strong a swimmer you are, please know the risks and do not swim in open water."

Last summer, more than 50 people were turned away from the site in a single day, with police warning not just of the danger of death from drowning or submerged debris, but also the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The notorious beauty spot claimed the lives of Justas Juzenas, aged 22, of Ross-on-Wye and Russell O’Neill, aged 17, of Worcester who both drowned there in July 2013 within a week of each other.

The risk of cold water shock and drowning, hidden currents and unseen objects such as broken glass have been well-publicised by the Malvern Hills Trust, West Mercia Police, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Royal Life Saving Society UK.