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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
James Holt

Youths cause chaos breaking into abandoned mill - and it could collapse at any time

Youths have been breaking into an old, abandoned mill in Middleton which has been described as 'extremely dangerous' and at risk of collapsing.

The youngsters have been regularly gaining entry to the Warwick Mill, on Oldham Road, which police said has become 'a magnet for vandalism, fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour'.

The Grade II listed mill, constructed back in 1907, is now vacant and abandoned and is currently seen looking derelict with damaged windows. Police said the building is 'extremely dangerous' and in a 'poor state of repair' with unsafe roofing and floors that are 'at risk of collapsing'.

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Greater Manchester Police shared the warning following a number of reports of youths gaining access to the site, urging parents and carers to 'warn children of the dangers'. The Mill was also ravaged by a fire that broke out at the Grade-II listed building back in 2018.

The Manchester Evening News previously reported how ambitious plans for the site were in the pipeline, including converting the building into a mixed-use development boasting up to 140 apartments.

Warwick Mill in Middleton (Middleton Guardian)

A post shared by GMP Middleton said: "We have received several reports of youths gaining access into Warwick Mill. Warwick Mill was constructed in 1907 and has been vacant for some years.

"It has become a magnet for vandalism, fly-tipping, and anti-social behaviour. This building is extremely dangerous and is in a poor state of repair and has unsafe and weak roofing and floors which are at risk of collapsing.

"We would urge parents and carers to warn your children of these dangers, please can we ask for your cooperation and talk to them about staying safe when they are out. We want to keep your children safe and one of those ways is to make sure they know what the risks and consequences are.

"We are working with our partners to find a solution to this issue, we will aim to keep you updated when we have more information."

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