Seven teenagers caught entering empty Preston city centre building

Posted on - 13th May, 2024 - 11:42am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
There was a police presence outside Shereton House during Saturday evening Pic: Blog Preston

Police caught a group of teenagers inside an empty Preston city centre building on Saturday evening.

Shereton House – which is currently empty in Ormskirk Road – was targeted by the youths during Saturday 11 May at 7pm.

Preston Police attended and a spokesperson confirmed seven juveniles were removed from the building and “given strong words of advice.”

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There were reports Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had been called to attend but a spokesperson said they had no record of an incident in Ormskirk Road around that time.

An eyewitness told Blog Preston the youths had been within the building and potentially causing damage.

A police officer speaking to youths who were seen on a roof of the building Pic: Blog Preston

Inspector Dave Byrne, Neighbourhood Inspector for Preston, said: “Access to these buildings is restricted for a reason. Dangerous structures can become weaker, unstable and could collapse, causing serious injury to those who trespass.

“Those entering are not aware of the risks and I would like to ask parents to remind their children that by entering these buildings, they are putting themselves at risk of serious harm.

“We are continuing to engage with young people, providing education and diversionary opportunities and we will continue to conduct regular patrols of these areas.”

The building, which was the original Co-Op building in the city, has been standing empty after formerly housing a gym, restaurant and offices.

In 2022 plans were put in to part-demolish the building to provide new housing and commercial units.

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