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Fence replaced to stop children

PUBLISHED: 22:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

ONLY days after the Evening Star revealed children were putting their lives at risk by using scaffolding as a climbing frame a fence has been put up around the site.

ONLY days after the Evening Star revealed children were putting their lives at risk by using scaffolding as a climbing frame a fence has been put up around the site.

Fences had originally been put up around the former Burton's offices in College Street but they had been kicked down and the metal fencing was left lying on the floor.

RG Carter, who made the building safe after fire destroyed much of it, said they had been going back to the site to try to make it safe on a regular basis.

A spokesman for the building company said: "The fence which is up now is not new. It is the fencing that had been pulled down, we have put it up again and added some more signs to try and warn the children off it.

It is so dangerous and we have spoken to the kids and told them how dangerous it is so hopefully this may have got through.

"The place really needs to be bull dozed down as it is a safety hazard. Someone from our company has been going there every other day to re-erect fences. We have written to the owners to find out if they want us to do any more to secure the area but have not heard anything back yet."

The site, which was torched by arsonists last month, has become a haven for skate boarders who have been using the old fencing to construct make-shift ramps. This is despite the fact the skate park is only minutes away.

Mike Smith, head of development control and conservation at Ipswich Borough Council said: "As far as I am aware the chimney stack was removed and the place made safe. This building is listed and we would certainly resist any attempts to have it pulled down. It should be insured and therefore repaired.

It is believed the building is owned by a London based company called John S. Cohen.


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