North East UK news Warning after spate of break-ins at former police station MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Farringdon Police Station in Sunderland currently unsafe- but teenagers are continuing to break into the building

North East UK news Warning after spate of break-ins at former police station MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Farringdon Police Station in Sunderland currently unsafe- but teenagers are continuing to break into the building

North East UK news  Warning after spate of break-ins at former police station MetiNews.Com
01 August 2020 - 14:40

Breaking News ! Officers have issued an urgent warning to troublesome trespassers who are "risking their lives" after a spate of break-ins at a former police station. The derelict Farringdon Police Station in Sunderland, which is privately-owned, has been targeted in recent weeks by groups of teenagers who congregate there. Police have received reports of antisocial behaviour from some of these trespassers- with some even starting fires inside. Northumbria Police alongside Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has warned intruders that they will face arrest and are warning the public of the potential dangers with the building currently unsafe and containing suspected asbestos. Neighbourhood Inspector Marie Pollock says uniformed and plain-clothed officers will be carrying out regular patrols in the area to deter intruders – and anybody found trespassing also faces being arrested. She said: "People intruding on the site of derelict buildings is not anything new but does cause us a huge amount of concern. "These buildings are closed to the public for a reason, and this particular site in its current state is unsafe. It may also contain hazardous materials that can have serious health consequences for anybody exposed to them. Read More Related Articles Hays Travel boss hits out at Spanish holiday quarantine rules Read More Related Articles Man arrested after 46-year-old stabbed in a disturbance at a Sunderland home "Those who do force entry to this building could be putting themselves at risk – so we are urging people to stop. A lot of work is going on behind-the-scenes with the owner and our partners to ensure the site is made safe. "Our message is simple – trespassing on this site is illegal and anybody found on the premises faces possible arrest and being put before the courts. "We would ask parents to make sure they speak to their children about these risks so they can keep themselves out of trouble, and if you see anybody on the site, please pick up the phone and give us a call immediately." Over the last 12 months, Northumbria Police have recorded 15 incidents of trespassing at the former station - with the fire service also having regularly been called to attend incidents at the site. The owner has taken various measures in order to prevent youths from gaining access, including putting metal shutters on windows, while officers and fire crews have previously given advice to those found to be congregating at the premises.

. Richie Rickaby Area Manager for Community Safety at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "Over the last few weeks we have been called out to several fires at the former Farringdon police station site, one of which had firefighters tackling a blaze for two hours. "After numerous fires, fly-tipping and extensive damage throughout the site, this building is extremely dangerous and is certainly not a playground. "Setting fires might seem like harmless fun but things can easily get out of hand, it is both extremely dangerous and reckless – simply put, you are risking your lives and firefighters’ lives. "Deliberate fires present huge risks to not only the perpetrators, who cause damage to the building and the environment but also the firefighters and other emergency services who respond. "Due to the scale of the building and reports of homeless people seeking refuge in and near the site, we treat call outs as ‘persons reported’, which means a minimum of three fire appliances attend and therefore aren’t available for other fires or emergencies. "We are working proactively with Northumbria Police, the local authority and the building owner on how to address the trespassing, deliberate fire setting and anti-social behaviour issues at this site. "With the summer holidays only just beginning we would encourage parents to speak to their children about the risks of deliberate fires. "We would ask anyone who has any information about this or any other deliberate fires in your area, to please contact Firestoppers anonymously on 0800 169 5558 or use firestoppersreport.co.uk." Anyone who sees intruders in the building are asked to call police on 101. Anybody who knows the identity of those involved are asked to contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by ringing 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

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