Children spotted on the roof of six-storey disused textile mill

POLICE are urging parents to warn their children to stay away from a disused mid-19th Century six-storey silk mill in Leek.

A Staffordshire Moorlands Police spokesman said: "We have had a few reports of children accessing the Big Mill in Leek today including the roof area.

"The owner is arranging to secure the damaged boarding again.

"In the meantime please speak to your children of the dangers of this building, I have been in the building and there is nothing of interest in there.

"The floors are not safe and the risk of significant injury or worse is huge".

The Grade II listed Big Mill (circa 1860), which towers above Mill Street, was one of the earliest large-scale textile mills to be built in Leek for the silk industry.

In 2019, the building was the subject of a planning application for conversion into 55 apartments.

Picture: The disused Grade II-listed Big Mill towering above Mill Street, Leek.


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