Facebook tributes to Denbigh man ‘Jock’


Kirstie Dolphin

THE body of 20-year-old man was recovered from a water pool at a disused Denbigh quarry.

Chris McCreadie, who lived in Denbigh, was found after an under water search when he went swimming in a water pool on Saturday and failed to re-surface.

The Ambulance Service and Under Water Search Team attended the scene along with police officers to try find the young man.

Chris’s friends in Denbigh have set up a tribute page on Facebook called R.I.P Chris McCreadie - Jock.

Nathan said: “Jock, you will remain in our hearts forever.”

Billy John McCreadie posted on the site: “One in a gazillion (sic) love you so much xxxx RIP Xxxx.”

Mc Kyle McCreadie wrote: “Gone but not forgotten. Memories close and dear. You will be missed so much bro. From everyone you know we love you so much bro in Nanas arms now R.I.P xxxxxxxxxx.”

The incident happened on Saturday about 4pm and police believe Mr McCreadie got into trouble when he went swimming in one of the pools in the disused quarry owned by Hanson UK.

Denbigh councillor Raymond Bartley said: “I sympathise deeply with the family of the gentlemen who died in this sad tragedy.

“It is such a vast area there are more ways than one to get into the quarry.
“It is extremely difficult to secure a place like this but something has to be done as the weather is getting warmer and people go there to cool off.

“The quarry covers acres of land put this should not put off action that’s needed.”
Detective Chief Inspector Dan Tipton said: “Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the Coroner will be informed.

“Officers from North Wales Police will continue to undertake inquiries on behalf of the coroner and a file will be submitted in due course.”

Denbigh Councillor Colin Hughes has paid tribute to Mr McCreadie, who was originally from Scotland.

He said: “My deepest condolances go out to the family, it’s an absolutely tragic for someone taken so young.

“As an elected representative I feel a responsibility to try and prevent any further accidents.

“While I know the quarry has good signage and security is probably as good as it could be on a site so big, people will always find a way in there.”

Cllr Hughes has spoken to the Denbigh town clerk and they are hoping to set up a meeting with Hanson UK regarding the security of the site and is arranging for a water safety talk in Denbigh High School.

Hanson UK is launching their annual safety campaign this month to raise awareness about the potential dangers of quarrys.

Spokesman David Weeks, from Hanson UK, said: “Every year we point out the dangerous of trespassing in quarrys.

“The site is well secured with walls and fences but the difficulty is keeping them in place. We do a weekly inspection there and there is always something to do.

“We are appealing to the community and public that the signs are there which say danger because it is very dangerous.

“We are trying out best to keep it secure. The only way we can stop this is to work together with the police, schools and councillors.”

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