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Police issue warning

Young people are being reminded of the dangers involved in exploring abandoned sites and disused buildings following the death of a 14-year-old boy in Leeds on 6 July 2017. Officers were called to Wyther Lane in Kirkstall shortly after 8.30pm where the boy was found with serious injuries and sadly died at the scene. This is the third incident of this nature in recent months, although the previous two people survived, they have been left with life changing injuries.

Whilst a full investigation is underway into the incident, it is believed that the boy went to the industrial site with friends and fell through a roof into the building.

West Yorkshire Police are working closely with safer schools police officers and neighbourhood teams to remind students and young people in the run up to the summer holidays to stay away from dangerous areas and keep themselves safe.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said “We fully appreciate that young people can find sites such as this interesting and want to explore them. While we would never seek to blame the young people involved in these recent incidents for what has happened we do need to remind young people of the potential dangers of entering abandoned buildings and other places, such as building sites, and we hope parents will assist us by reinforcing that message to their children."

Allerton Grange School's Headteacher, Mike Roper, said "We are working with our Safer Schools Police Officer, PC Brown, to remind students across school of the potential dangers when entering these types of areas. We are alerting parents to this recent and tragic incident and will continue to reinforce safety messages to keep our students safe, especially in the run up to the summer break. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the young boy's family and friends at this sad time."

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