Police warning over ‘death trap’ sites after 14-year-old Leeds boy dies

West Yorkshire Police issued a picture of Myles Johnstone, 14, after he died following a fall from a roof.
West Yorkshire Police issued a picture of Myles Johnstone, 14, after he died following a fall from a roof.
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A “stark warning” has been given to parents and children after a Leeds boy fell through the roof of a derelict building to his death.

Despite the attendance of police, paramedics and an air ambulance, 14-year-old Myles ‘Mylo’ Johnstone was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident on Wyther Lane on Thursday evening.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, yesterday appealed for people to keep away from abandoned sites throughout the city ahead of the summer holidays.

He said: “Do not come into these premises, whether that be here in Bramley or whether that’s across Leeds.

“They are dangerous places. Derelict buildings are derelict for a reason. They are dangerous, they are death traps.”

He added: “Mylo tragically lost his life yesterday and this is a stark warning to everybody.

“The community and the schools have all been made aware and they are sending out this strong message as we head towards the summer holidays.”

Christian Wilcocks, the principal of Leeds West Academy, which Myles attended, also issued a statement.

He said: “Our whole school is devastated to receive this tragic news.

“Today, we shared the sad news with students in individual assemblies.

“Our pastoral team and the local authority has provided incredible support to those students who needed it and the school day has continued in a calm manner, with students demonstrating maturity, kindness and respect.

“Over the next week we will be providing means for our students to pay their respects and share their memories as a whole school community.”

The scene was undergoing forensic examination yesterday and police were speaking with the Health and Safety Executive and Leeds City Council and contacting the owners of the site.

Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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