Derelict buildings made secure in Rotherham town

Stuart Sansome (right)
Stuart Sansome (right)

Derelict buildings in an area of Swinton, Rotherham, have boarded up and made secure to stop break-ins, arson attacks and anti-social behaviour.

A former leisure centre, Rotherham Council offices and an NHS building, on Charnwood Street, Swinton, were visited by Police Community Support Officers and Rotherham Council officials to discuss security measures at the site following an arson attack earlier this month.

The site visit was organised by Councillor Stuart Sansome, who said South Yorkshire Police has agreed to carry out regular patrols of the area in a bid to prevent repeat problems.

“The site is now secure and will be visited regularly by the police, which we hope will allow local residents to feel safe in the area while the site is not in use,” he said.

Anyone with information on criminality in and around the derelict buildings should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.