Teenage boy arrested as youths seen on roof of abandoned Lanson House

Posted on - 27th June, 2024 - 12:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Winckley Square
A youth seen on top of one of the abandoned buildings close to Winckley Square Pic: Blog Preston

A teenage boy has been arrested as police continue to try to tackle numerous problems with anti-social behaviour in and around Winckley Square.

Youths had been spotted on the roof of the currently abandoned Lanson House which goes between Mount Street and Winckley Square.

Nearby businesses and residents say they are being plagued on a regular basis by anti-social behaviour as the abandoned buildings and waste land running from Garden Street and up towards Mount Street and Winckley Square becomes a ‘bomb site’ according to the Friends of Winckley Square Group.

Read more: Preston Youth Zone to be called ‘Vault’ as city’s young people put spades in the ground

Pictures sent to Blog Preston show groups of youths making their way across the roof of Lanson House and nearby businesses say it is not a safe or secure building.

A police spokesperson told Blog Preston: “We received a report of criminal damage to a property on Mount Street in Preston, at around 3pm on June 16.

“Officers are investigating and enquiries are ongoing.

“On June 18, we received a second report of criminal damage to the same property on Mount Street, Preston at 6:15pm.

“An investigation is ongoing, and a 14-year-old boy from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in connection with the June 18 report. He has been bailed whilst our enquiries continue.”

A group of youths walking on the roof of the building Pic: Blog Preston

Pat Harrison, chair of the Friends of Winckley Square Group, told Blog Preston: “We have constant reports from those living on or near the Square of not just Lanson House but other empty buildings being damaged and it is scary and unsafe for everyone involved.

“We need the police, the city council, county council and building owners to get a grip of this situation before someone gets seriously hurt.”

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