Abandoned Ulverston health unit targeted by youth gangs
Last updated at 16:25, Friday, 01 November 2013
SECURITY has been bolstered at an abandoned Ulverston health unit after it was used as a hangout for teenage drinkers.
Police were called to Gill Rise in Stanley Street after neighbours reported seeing youths entering the property for the second time in two months.
Gill Rise, which is owned by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been closed since July 2012 after its services were moved to the Dane Garth facility in Barrow.
But the unit remains fully furnished and equipped while the trust considers its options on the future of the building.
When police responded to a call at 6pm on Monday October 21, they found six youths inside the building. They were taken home and their parents were informed.
A Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “Following the break-ins, security has been improved and the trust is looking into installing CCTV at the site.”
All the youths involved were also referred to Cumbria Police’s It’s Your Choice programme, an early intervention scheme designed to stop young people getting involved with alcohol-related crime.
A police spokesman said: “It’s not a criminal process, it’s about making them aware of what they’ve done and making sure they don’t do it again.”
It was the second reported break-in after a similar incident on Saturday, September 14, the night of the Lantern Parade.
The facility has also become a target for vandals, with windows broken and other property damaged in recent weeks.
Councillor Helen Irving, deputy mayor of Ulverston said: “It’s an absolute crying shame that there’s all this equipment in there and it’s been left unattended. Quite a lot of the residents are concerned really.
“I think it’s sad that this has happened.”
The building lies between the Ulverston Medical Centre and the Hoad View development where Persimmon Homes are building 26 houses.
The company says it has no definite plans to acquire Gill Rise in order to expand the development.
Mark Cook, managing director at Persimmon Homes Lancashire, said: “We are aware that the land is available but we have not made a formal approach.”
First published at 16:11, Friday, 01 November 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Councillor Irving, it isn't a crying shame that there is equipment in the building left to ruin, its down right criminal!! What is sad is how much tax payers money was wasted on this white elephant in the 1st place? Why hasn't the equipment been re-allocated to the main hospitals? Why has thousands of pounds been wasted on this re-build when there are severe financially related issues at FGH where more funds might have resulted in less bad press. Who is ultimately responsible please, as a tax-payer, i would like this travesty of a waste of resources justified!!