Warning to youths trespassing on old Greggs factory site
01 Jun 2017 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police are warning of the dangers of trespassing at a derelict factory in Newcastle amid concerns for public safety.
Officers have received a number of calls reporting concern for youths who have been entering the old Greggs factory building on Christon Road in Gosforth.
The local neighbourhood policing team are extremely concerned that the youths are putting themselves at risk as the building poses a number of safety risks, including a large quantity of loose asbestos.
As the summer holidays approach, police are seriously concerned that more youths will be attracted to the site and will attempt to enter the building.
Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said they are speaking to the owner of the site about the on-going issues but she said the youths could be risking their lives by entering the building.
She said: "What these children don't understand is that they are putting their health at risk by entering the Greggs Factory Building.
"Asbestos can be extremely dangerous and further risks are posed by the building itself which suffers from significant structural damage.
"If the building was to collapse then our officers may not be able to enter the site to rescue anyone who is trapped due to the safety risks associated with the building.
"We want to make sure that a child is not seriously injured and are working closely with the owner who has already fitted fencing around the site.
"Youths continue to ignore the clear warnings in place and we will continue to speak to the owner and the local authority to see what more can be done.
"In the mean time I would ask parents to speak to their children about where they are going when they leave the house and help us educate them about how they could be putting their health at risk."
Trespassing itself is not a criminal offence however the land owner can sue anyone who trespasses on his property in a civil court.
There are things that can turn trespass into a criminal activity which includes causing criminal damage, taking items away from the site and threatening behaviour towards staff or security.
The local neighbourhood police officer will be liaising with local schools to about the dangers of playing on this site and extra patrols are taking place in the area to stop young people accessing the site.
If you have any concerns around health and safety then you should report it to the Newcastle Local Authority. If you think any criminal offences are being committed then call us on 101.