British police dye ‘Blue Lagoon’ black to prevent people from visiting during lockdown


  • Police in Derbyshire, England have dyed a local ‘Blue Lagoon’ black to prevent people from coming to the scenic spot during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • The “Blue Lagoon” is located in Harpur Hill, Buxton, and has attracted visitors for years due to its vibrant colors and stunning scenery.
  • However, the pretty pool is actually toxic quarry water containing rubbish and dead animals, according to the BBC.
  • On Facebook, police said they received reports of people gathered around the lagoon and dyed it black to make the mole less attractive.
  • “The dyeing of the lake has been happening since at least 2013 due to serious water health issues,” Joey Severn, media and communications manager for Derbyshire Police, told Insider.
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Police in Derbyshire, England have dyed a ‘Blue Lagoon’ black in Buxton to deter people from passing by the scenic scene during the coronavirus pandemic.

With the UK on lockdown to help prevent the spread of the virus, citizens are restricted to only going out for medical purposes, picking up essential items from the supermarket, going to work only if it cannot be done at home, and to complete one form of exercise per day.

Posting on Facebook last week, Buxton Police said they received reports of people gathered around the lagoon after the government stressed the importance of staying at home.

Blue lagoon

The lagoon was attracting people long before the coronavirus lockdown.

Buxton SNT Police



The post said: “With that in mind, we went there this morning and used water dye to make the water less attractive.”

The “Blue Lagoon” in Harpur Hill, Buxton, has become something of a local attraction long before the spread of the coronavirus due to its striking blue color and beautiful setting, especially when the sun is shining.

Visitors could be forgiven for thinking they were looking at a tropical oasis, rather than poisonous quarry water which can cause skin irritation and an upset stomach if someone were to bathe.

Joey Severn, media and communications manager at Derbyshire Police, told Insider via email: “The dyeing of the lake has been happening since at least 2013 due to serious water health issues.

Buxton blue lagoon

Each year the lagoon is dyed to discourage visitors and ensure safety.

Buxton SNT Police



“This is done annually to ensure the safety of people who may not see the many signs explaining the toxic nature of the pool.”

Severn said the dye is not permanent, which is why the process must be repeated.

According to the BBC, water has a pH of 11.3, which is close to the pH of 12.3 of bleach. Potential swimmers are also warned by signs around the quarry pool that it contains rubbish and dead animals.

Buxton blue lagoon

While the water looks inviting, it is actually poisonous and contains garbage and dead animals.

Buxton SNT Police



Reiterating the purpose of the operation, the Buxton Police Facebook post went on to say: “This is a regular tactic that we use to reduce ASB and we are working in partnership with HPBC and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. .

“However, as it stands now, it has never been more important to discourage these types of gatherings.”

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