Danger roof used as climbing frame

Dangerous: A canopy at the rear of Leyland Market, similar to this one, has been removed after youths used it to climb onto the roof
Dangerous: A canopy at the rear of Leyland Market, similar to this one, has been removed after youths used it to climb onto the roof

Almost £1,000 has had to be spent removing a canopy from Leyland Market after gangs used it to climb onto the dangerous roof.

South Ribble Council has blasted the actions of the youths, after it came to light that they were using the old Leyland Motors building as a climbing frame.

The council had to fork out £975 to remove the canopy at the back of the building.

Police first received reports of a group of youths ‘causing a nuisance and messing around’ at Leyland market one evening towards the end of October.

Two of them were reported to have got onto the roof, although the gang had moved on by the time police arrived.

There had also been instances of vandalism and anti-social behaviour around the back of the market.

Coun Stephen Robinson, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for finance and resources, said: “I can confirm we removed the canopy from above the rear entrance to Leyland Market. Groups had been regularly gathering under the canopy and there had been incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

“Some people were even using the canopy to climb on to the market roof and then sliding down over the fibreglass panels.”

He added: “After discussions with the police, we agreed that removing the canopy was the best way forward to try to stop this totally unacceptable behaviour.

“I’m pleased to say that since it’s been taken down, the area is now less attractive as a gathering place and there have been fewer incidents.”