Safety call after youths reported on roof

Lochside Leisure Centre.
Lochside Leisure Centre.

Following reports of youths on the roof of the old Forfar Leisure Centre, Police Scotland has reminded the public that abandoned and derelict buildings are not safe environments.

Concern was also raised about reports of youths in the grounds of the old Academy site, with PC Scott Anderson urging parents to ask children to stay out.

A Police spokesperson said: “Police Scotland were alerted to reports of youths on a roof at Craig O’loch Road, Forfar yesterday evening (Monday, March 20) at 8.05pm. There was no trace of anyone on police arrival.

“With British Summer Time nearly upon us, we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that abandoned and derelict buildings whether large or small, are not safe environments to be in.

“Whether it’s children who wrongly think such buildings serve as a playground or place to explore, or the less well intentioned looking to steal property, the message is the same - Keep Out.

“Derelict and abandoned buildings can be and often are very unsafe and pose a genuine danger to anyone who ventures in. Police officers are aware of this issue and will continue to give the area their attention.”

A spokesman for Angus Council added: “Clearly we would urge people, irrespective of their age, to stay out of the grounds and away from these buildings. Such behaviour, is irresponsible and inherently dangerous. We would urge parents to ensure that they are aware of where their children are and what they are doing and ask anyone who sees people behaving in this way to report the matter to the police.”