Man sits with legs dangling on side of abandoned 100-foot-tall Halifax factory, raising fears “someone is dying”

Residents have raised concerns after people were seen on the roof of a dilapidated 100-foot-high mill in Halifax.

Halifax resident Jessica Grabska said she saw boys climb onto the roof of the abandoned Old Lane mill in Boothtown yesterday afternoon, where people were previously injured.

She added that this was not the first time she has seen children and adults at the top of the building, saying, “Please do something with this building because someone is going to die! “

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A 13-year-old boy broke his leg in October 2020 after falling 20 feet from the mill.

West Yorkshire Police have previously reported that children and adolescents often enter the site and climb or start fires. Police warned the building was unsafe.

The dilapidated mill is privately owned, making any climber an intruder.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police were called to Old Lane in Halifax on Tuesday around 6:52 p.m. to report that two teenagers had been seen on the roof of a disused windmill.

“Officers were present and while no one was present on the roof of the mill, a group of young people seen nearby were briefed and made aware of the very real dangers of entering and playing in abandoned buildings.”



Halifax residents were concerned for the safety of those pictured atop Old Lane Mill

Built in 1825, the mill has been in a state of disrepair for several years.

Old Lane Mill is grade II listed and listed by Heritage England as ‘Heritage in Danger’. Heritage England says it is slowly deteriorating, with no solution being agreed upon for its repair.

The building permit was granted to develop the site in 2013, but it has since lapsed.

The Calderdale council has been approached for comment.

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