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Police in Co Armagh have warned young people about the dangers of swimming in disused quarries following reports of crowds gathering at them.  [Stock image]

Police in Co Armagh have warned young people about the dangers of swimming in disused quarries following reports of crowds gathering at them. [Stock image]

'The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy' (stock photo)

'The SMMT figures come as Charles Hurst's parent company Lookers plc announced around 1,500 jobs among its 8,100 staff around the UK were at risk of redundancy' (stock photo)

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne

Police in Co Armagh have warned young people about the dangers of swimming in disused quarries following reports of crowds gathering at them. [Stock image]

The 14-day quarantine scheme is at a considerable risk of becoming a failure before it even gets started here, the Police Federation of Northern Ireland has warned.

The organisation, which represents rank-and-file officers, criticised the controversial measure after authorities admitted they are not yet prepared to enforce it.

The new legislation will require anyone who enters Northern Ireland from outside the UK and Republic, both visitors and holidaymakers returning home, to self-isolate for a fortnight.