A ONCE famed Wigan pub has been demolished after fears grew that it had become a death trap menace to local youngsters.
Bulldozers have moved in on the former Fox Tavern, in Manchester Road, Ince, and flattened the run-down building,
Now a pile of rubble, the old ale house was torn down following health and safety fears after teenagers were hiding out in the vacant building and setting deliberate fires.
As a result they had caused a lot of structural damage and the premises were no longer deemed fit for purpose.
The empty building was bought by Paul Whittle, owner of nearby MOT and servicing garage Paul Whittle Cars, more than a year ago.
He said: “The only reason we have demolished it was for health and safety concerns, as youths had completely wrecked it and the building was becoming unsafe.
“The youths were putting themselves at risk and we needed to do something about it.
“They had damaged the back wall with some sort of machine and the structure was very unstable.
“It was not worth spending any money on it as it was so run down.
“I bought the pub a year last September when it was empty, It didn’t have a roof on and was in a bad way.
“I never really had any specific plans for the site, although I did think about expanding the business side of the MOT garage. For now we will work on clearing the land and making it better to look at as it is just full of rubble.
“We will now try to level the site and put road planings down so customers can park their cars there.
“I know Wigan Council is happy the building has come down, as officers keep asking me what I plan to do with it.”