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Consortium steps up campaign to warn kids off construction sites

AN ARSON attack by children on the M60 orbital road construction site last month has prompted the Balfour Beatty-led construction consortium to rethink its efforts to warn youngsters away from sites.

A campaign is under way in Manchester to highlight the dangers of construction sites. But the incident last month, when equipment was set ablaze, has forced efforts to be redoubled.

The current education programme is spearheaded by the consortium of Balfour Beatty, Mouchel and Gifford, which expects to complete the final section of the motorway by next August. It has included community liaison in local schools and a competition to design a poster to warn of the dangers of construction sites.

The contract has also seen Portakabins set alight, windows smashed and even a young boy stuck in the mud.

Balfour Beatty project manager Andy Omerod said: 'There is an ongoing problem with a small minority of children but we are continuing with a programme of education and have trained all our staff in how to shepherd kids off the site.'

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