CHILDREN are being warned to stay away from building sites as the summer holidays get underway.

Housebuilder Barratt Homes, which is working to construct a new housing estate called Compass Point in Swanage, says building sites pose serious dangers for youngsters.

Barratt construction director Harlan Bevis said: “Building sites are full of potential dangers and, as the school summer holidays are here, it is important to remind children and their parents of the need to stay away from them.

“Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds.

"While our construction teams watch out for youngsters during the day and we secure our sites at night, we also ask parents to make sure they know where their children are during the holiday time.

"It’s important to get youngsters thinking about the dangers that exist to emphasise the message they should stay away from building sites."