Derelict mills death warning

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A councillor is calling on parents to warn their children of the dangers of playing in the town’s crumbling derelict mills.

And Hawick and Denholm member Stuart Marshall is concerned that sooner or later someone will be killed in one of the rotting buildings following several complaints from locals.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mr Marshall said that the former Woodcock factory in Mansfield (pictured) and the empty N Peal building next to the Community Hospital are of particular concern: “I have just replied to four emails from very worried residents living near both of these derelict buildings.

“Kids are never out of them and they play there constantly in groups of up to ten. I have pleaded with the Council to intervene and make these buildings secure before we have a fatality on our hands. The floors are rotten and there are very weak glass ceilings, not to mention the vermin that will be in there. They really are places of danger.

“I am worried about this situation and and want to alert parents to the dangers and to ask them to make sure they know where their kids are playing. They really must stay away from these buildings. I would hate to see someone badly injured or worse. I would not be able to live with myself if I did nothing about this and there was a fatality. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.”

And Councillor Marshall added: “If anyone is concerned about this they should either contact the local police or myself.”

A police spokesperson said that he was unaware of any specific complaints relating to the former Woodcock or Peal buildings, but he urged people to stay out of derelict properties.

“There are very often hidden dangers associated with derelict buildings, whether due to the presence of hazardous materials or structural issues, and they can pose a real danger. We would therefore urge the public, particularly children, to stay away.”