‘You’re facing death’

This Is Wiltshire: PCSO Charlie Milne outside Aspen House where there have been recent reports of trespassing at the former register office                                                                                  Picture:  Alex Skennerton PCSO Charlie Milne outside Aspen House where there have been recent reports of trespassing at the former register office Picture: Alex Skennerton

THRILL-SEEKERS entering Aspen House in the town centre to climb railingsare putting their lives at risk, say police.

The 12-storey building is currently covered in scaffolding as it is being demolished but it has not stopped people getting in.

On Sunday night police were called after several men were seen throwing objects from the roof.

Now both the police and the council have warned people to stay away because the building is dangerous and anyone entering without protection is risking serious injury or death.

Council communications officerRichard Freeman said: “The people who have trespassed in Aspen House are incredibly stupid. Anyone going in there without permission is risking their life.

“Even if they only injure themselves it could be some time before they are found.

“The building is being demolished, which means there are weakened floors and walls, holes in the structure where they might not be expected to be, and all the windows have been removed.

“The scaffolding around any building is dangerous if people aren’t trained to use it properly, and this building is high.

“There is also a flooded basement which people could fall into.”

Last year Aspen House was bought by the council as part of the ongoing process to regenerate the town centre.

Because it was in such poor condition it was decided to bring the building down.

To prevent any further trespassing, security at the site has been stepped up.

“The council and the contractor doing the work have put in extra security measures and the police are stepping up their patrols around the building,” said Richard.

“The demolition and complete removal of the materials will take another five months or so, after which there are plans to put in a landscaped area.”

The police have asked that anyone who sees any suspicious activity in the building to contact them immediately.

Town Centre Inspector Paul Saunders said: “There are obvious safety concerns with anyone breaking into a derelict building.

“Not only are there risks of injury but also of no one being aware of anyone inside potentially requiring assistance.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious around the site, they should contact the police on 101.”

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8:01am Mon 19 May 14

semitonic says...

After spreading grease liberally around the top-level scaffolding pipes, the police should be actively encouraging the local idiots and graffiti vandals onto the site for a bit of fun and adventure.
After spreading grease liberally around the top-level scaffolding pipes, the police should be actively encouraging the local idiots and graffiti vandals onto the site for a bit of fun and adventure. semitonic
  • Score: 21

8:10am Mon 19 May 14

house on the hill says...

semitonic wrote:
After spreading grease liberally around the top-level scaffolding pipes, the police should be actively encouraging the local idiots and graffiti vandals onto the site for a bit of fun and adventure.
Yes agree, its just natural selection to get rid of morons, no sympathy for self inflicted injuries.
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: After spreading grease liberally around the top-level scaffolding pipes, the police should be actively encouraging the local idiots and graffiti vandals onto the site for a bit of fun and adventure.[/p][/quote]Yes agree, its just natural selection to get rid of morons, no sympathy for self inflicted injuries. house on the hill
  • Score: 15

8:44am Mon 19 May 14

AJP1960 says...

Of course the council will demolish it. Failure to do so will mean a large bill for the "empty buildings tax" so it's probably cheaper to bring it down than leave it standing whilst SBC decide what they are going to do - based on the fact that they purchase the site for "development".

In the meantime it's a magnet for "Darwin Award" candidates
Of course the council will demolish it. Failure to do so will mean a large bill for the "empty buildings tax" so it's probably cheaper to bring it down than leave it standing whilst SBC decide what they are going to do - based on the fact that they purchase the site for "development". In the meantime it's a magnet for "Darwin Award" candidates AJP1960
  • Score: 5

2:16pm Mon 19 May 14

PJC says...

'Landscaped area'? Hmmmmm......
'Landscaped area'? Hmmmmm...... PJC
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