Farnley danger: Youths warned over climbing on old buildings

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Stonebridge Mills, Farnley. Photo: Google

Police have issued an urgent safety warning after youths were seen climbing on a disused building in Farnley.

The youths were spotted on Wednesday night on the roof of a building on Stonebridge Lane.

The warning comes a year after Leeds West Academy pupil Myles ‘Mylo’ Johnstone died from his injuries after falling through the roof at a disused industrial premises off Wyther Lane.

And a 12-year-old boy was hurt in Armley last summer holiday when he fell at the former Pennine Castings factory.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said:

“Some of the youths were taken home by officers and advised in front of their parents as to the dangers.

“These buildings aren’t a place to play, hang out or meet your friends. There are very real dangers in the unstable floors and abandoned items within the mill. You could seriously cause yourself serious injury, or pay the ultimate price with your life.”

Yesterday Yorkshire Water warned of the dangers of swimming in nearby Farnley Reservoir after children were spotted there.


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