‘Police have dyed the normally bright blue water of a beauty spot in Buxton black, in a bid to deter people from gathering there.
Flouting government instructions to stay at home in a bid to slow down coronavirus, groups were reportedly meeting up at the disused quarry at Harpur Hill, near Buxton.
Officers posted photos of the normally pretty pool on Facebook, showing before and after shots of the pit with and without the black dye.
Derbyshire Police wrote in their message: “Yesterday we received reports that people were congregating at the ‘Blue Lagoon’ in Harpur Hill, Buxton.
“No doubt this is due to the picturesque location and the lovely weather (for once!) in Buxton.
“However, the location is dangerous and this type of gathering is in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government.
“With this in mind, we have attended the location this morning and used water dye to make the water look less appealing.”
Images show two officers in full white protective coveralls and face masks as they set about discolouring the pool.’