Company urges Bawsey visitors to take care

Bawsey pits outside ANL-140226-121350001
Bawsey pits outside ANL-140226-121350001

The company which owned Bawsey Pits at the time of Umar Balogun’s death has pleaded with visitors to the site to heed safety warnings if they choose to visit the area.

In a statement issued after Thursday’s verdict, a spokesman for Sibelco said: “We’re pleased the coroner has delivered her conculsion and hope it provides at least some answers for Umar’s family, as they continue to grieve.

“We are also pleased that no shortcomings were found in the safety measures that we have taken.”

The spokesman added: “We will continue to do what we can to maintain safety at the site.

“We call on all visitors to have regard for their own welfare and to observe the prohibitions that are in place there.”

“We, once again, offer our thoughts to all those affected by the very sad circumstances of July 2013.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Castlecare, the company which operated the care home responsible for Umar at the time of his death, added: “We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Umar’s family at this difficult time.

“We note the conclusion returned by the jury and we will carefully consider the findings of the inquest.

“The safety of the young people entrusted to our care remains our top priority.”