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Warning to children trespassing on roof of former Greggs factory in Newcastle

24 Oct 2017 13:00 PM

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We are issuing a further warning to teenagers trespassing at the derelict Greggs factory in Newcastle - after a video emerged of them climbing on its roof.

In June officers from the neighbourhood policing team in North Newcastle warned about the dangers of children trespassing on the site on Christon Road in Gosforth.

It followed a number of calls from local residents reporting concern for the children due to a number of safety risks posed by the building.

Metal fences and warning signs have been erected to prevent people from entering but now a video has emerged of children on the roof of the building.

In the mobile phone footage taken on the afternoon of October 8, the teenagers can be seen throwing stones onto nearby Metro tracks before being disturbed by police.

Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said police and the local authority are still working with the owner of the site about the on-going issues but warned children they are putting themselves and others at unnecessary risk.

She said: "We issued a strict warning to children in the summer as we had seen a number of reports of them entering the site.

"Thankfully those reports dropped off after we revealed some of the significant safety risks posed by the derelict factory.

"However, this most recent report is very worrying for us as not just because of the risk associated with being on this site but because of the criminal behaviour of those involved.

"Damage is being caused to the site and they are also causing a risk to the transport infrastructure due to the reckless and criminal behaviour seen in the video.

"It could be a tragedy if one of those children on the video was to fall through the roofing but clearly they are unaware of how dangerous it is or how dangerous it is to throw rocks and debris on to the metro network.

"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.

"Enquiries are ongoing to identify these children so we can take action but we would also ask parents in the area to speak to their children about the dangers posed by this factory."

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.

The local neighbourhood police officer will be liaising with local schools to about the dangers of playing on this site and 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, or if you know the children in the video, then email Newcastle North NPT on newcastlenorth.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.