Danger at The Elms

POLICE in Arbroath are concerned about the safety of youths who gather outside a derelict building in Cairnie Road.

The Elms, which is a privately owned listed building, is known to have collapsed flooring and to be in a general state of disrepair. It is considered by emergency services to be unsafe and potentially dangerous. The local authority is aware of the condition of the property and has taken all reasonable steps to prevent access.

Despite this, a group of youths was found at the rear of the house at about 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday. They were taken home to their parents where they were advised of the hazardous nature of the building.

Tayside Police ask that parents discourage their children from frequenting this building and the area immediately surrounding it.

A spokeswoman said: “While some youngsters might consider it exciting to explore a long-empty property, derelict properties are not playgrounds and can in fact be extremely dangerous.

“Clearly derelict buildings are not maintained in the same fashion as an occupied property, which means that its structure may not be sound. When you also factor in what actually might be contained in the building then it is clear that they can be treacherous places to venture into.

“The message to children is clear - derelict buildings are not safe. Keep out.”

Anyone with concerns about activity near or within this building is asked to contact police on 0300 111 2222.