Maniacs dicing with death on 50-ft high rope swing

Updated photographs of the former Pagefield Mill building, Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan, where trespassers have created a swing rope with a dangerous drop over the building

Updated photographs of the former Pagefield Mill building, Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan, where trespassers have created a swing rope with a dangerous drop over the building

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SHOCKING images of a death-trap rope-swing on an abandoned Wigan mill are proof trespassing youths are ignoring safety warnings.

This is the claim of residents living close to the Pagefield building who fear a serious or even fatal accident on the site is increasingly likely.

We’re starting to worry that only an unthinkable accident will bring everyone to their senses about the future of this building

Concerned local resident

Despite repeated attempts by the council to shore up security measures, youngsters are still dicing with death on site next to Mesnes Park.

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We know attempts have been made to re-build the fences but it doesn’t stop them.

“We’re starting to worry that only an unthinkable accident will bring everyone to their senses about the future of this building.”

Numerous attempts have been made in recent years to update security at Pagefield, accompanied with grave warnings from emergency services and local authority bosses about trespassing on the site.

But outbreaks of anti-social behaviour have been observed on a regular basis by neighbouring residents.

Another neighbour, dad-of-three Gareth Parkinson, whose Kenyon Road garden was pelted with glass and metal shards, last year said the rope-swing was a startling new addition.

He said: “Kids are still present with damage being caused. The rope-swing is 50ft in the air with nothing but the ground to break a fall.

“The situation is becoming more and more perilous as time goes on.”

The council recently installed CCTV cameras, new hoardings and a sensor mechanism which is monitored by officers.

This followed on from a major blaze in the abandoned multi-storey building in March which prompted borough fire commander Steve Sheridan to warn trespassers at abandoned buildings were continuing to risk their lives.

He said that anyone caught on site would be punished through restorative justice schemes.

Mr Sheridan added: “The last thing I want is to send my officers into that building, putting themselves at risk to rescue someone who is trapped in a fire or fallen down a lift shaft. The place really is a death-trap.”

The building, formerly Rylands Mill, is owned by foreign-based Pagefield Property Ltd whose bosses have been in discussions with the town hall about improving security.