Kids as young as 12 caught breaking into dangerous factory site
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Trespassing teenagers are putting their safety at risk by entering into a disused factory, which has ceilings that are in danger of collapsing.
Police caught children as young as 12 breaking into Titan Ladders’ old premises in Yatton and running on the roof.
Charred embers left by fires and evidence of smoking were also discovered.
The dangerous activities were highlighted by Police and Community Support Officer (PCSO) Cheryl Burns at Yatton PACT’s meeting on Thursday.
She said: “We have had quite a bit of antisocial behaviour here in Yatton and have concerns about Titan Ladders.
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“On October 17, children as young as 12 were seen on the roof (of Titan Ladders).”
A fortnight later, PCSO Burns and Police Constable Adam Clarke were called to the former factory site, in Mendip Road, on October 29.
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She said: “As we entered and climbed over the barbed wire there was a young lady who looked like a rabbit in the headlights when she saw us.
“I was absolutely horrified (when I saw the premises), because it is so derelict and there are hazards everywhere.
“There were burned-out fires and fresh embers and the ceilings were close to falling in.”
Smoke was also smelt by the police but none of the children were smoking at the time.
PC Clarke, in an email read to PACT, said the building and the materials left inside are ‘very hazardous’.
He contacted the site’s owners and told them to ‘urgently’ improve security measures to prevent further incidents.
A dozen teenagers aged 14 to 16 were caught inside the factory.
Warning letters were sent out to their parents on Thursday.
PCSO Burns said: “Whether the youngsters were responsible for lighting some of the fires, I don’t know.
“We are trying to educated the parents about the dangers there.”
She said police would closely monitor the site and make it ‘one of their priorities’.
Other antisocial behaviour issues reported to police in Yatton in the past two months include youths smoking cannabis around Hangstones Pavilion.
Yatton Parish Council is getting quotes for CCTV to be installed.