Leeds MP calls for safety overhaul at industrial estate where boy was hurt in fall

The abandoned warehouse on Modder Avenue
The abandoned warehouse on Modder Avenue
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Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves has called for increased security measures at an industrial estate where a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured in a fall.

She has demanded that safety be improved to prevent access to the derelict warehouse on Modder Avenue in Armley, where the accident occurred on Tuesday evening. The child is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Several Armley residents also claimed they had raised concerns about trespass incidents involving the abandoned building, and had reported damage to security hoardings.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and the site secured.

In a statement, Ms Reeves said:

“I have raised the issue of security on the industrial estate and safety and public health concerns about the derelict warehouse with the council.

“I am also writing as a matter of urgency to the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency so we can find a solution as swiftly as possible.

"The security of the industrial estate and the empty warehouse has worried local businesses and residents for some time, particularly following incidents of anti-social behaviour and theft.

“While efforts have been made to secure the building, it is clear that they have not succeeded and that urgent action is needed.

“Residents and businesses, especially the family of this young boy, need firm assurances that there will be an investigation and that the site will be made safe and secure.”

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