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Keep out of empty and derelict buildings warning

by Jonathan Kearney

Children and young people in Knowsley are being warned about the dangers of entering empty properties.

Empty and derelict properties can be full of hidden dangers that can cause serious harm.

The buildings may contain dangers such as weak roofs and staircases and numerous other hazards such as broken glass and holes in the floor which may not be easily visible at night. Hidden dangers can also include hazards such as asbestos, lead paint and mould.

Anti-social and criminal behaviour from those entering empty buildings, such as starting fires, also poses a serious threat to others.

Parents and guardians are urged to ensure children and young people do not enter such locations as there is also a risk they are committing a civil or criminal offence and could be prosecuted.

Trespass can be punishable by fine of up to £2,500 or even a custodial sentence.

You can report an empty property in Knowsley online here or by calling 0151 443 4712.

Reporting anti-social behaviour

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime, you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police via 101, via the Merseyside Police website or by direct message on Facebook and X @MerPolCC

You can also anonymously tell Police about areas where you feel unsafe because of anti-social behaviour via ‘StreetSafe’.

If there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team, please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk