Fears over safety of Friar Gate Goods Yard after Adam Johnson tragedy

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There are fears tragedy could strike again at another derelict building in Derby if security is not tightened up.

Abbey Street resident Dominik Dynia has spoken out about Friar Gate Goods Yard just days after 12-year-old Adam Johnson died after falling through the roof at the derelict Aida Bliss building in Chester Green.

The 34-year-old says he has seen children going inside the site's listed bonded warehouse.

The building was once part of the infrastructure around Friar Gate station but has stood derelict for 50 years.

Friar Gate Goods Yard has been derelict for almost 50 years

Friar Gate Goods Yard has been derelict for almost 50 years

Mr Dynia, a retail assistant who works at Intu Derby, says he has seen youngsters using ropes to get inside the building and said they could hurt themselves in the process.

He said: “I saw a group of five kids climbing the building and going in a few weeks ago and I was thinking something serious might happen because of the state of the building and all the fires that have been happening there.

“It’s very easy to get inside, the kids were about ten-years-old so they weren't heavy at all. It’s just a case of pulling a piece of rope to get inside.

“I think it should definitely be boarded up to stop people getting inside.

“There are kids playing around it all the time. I don’t know whose responsibility it is but I think something needs to be done especially given what’s happened over the weekend.”

Mr Dynia said youngsters can easily climb their way into Friar Gate Goods Yard warehouse which has been derelict for decades.

Mr Dynia said youngsters can easily climb their way into Friar Gate Goods Yard warehouse which has been derelict for decades.

An inquest was due to open on Tuesday over the death of 12-year-old Adam Johnson who died in hospital after being found critically injured inside the Aida Bliss factory in City Road just after 7.30pm on Friday.

Derby City Council said it had raised concerns about the security of the derelict building.

The Derby Telegraph has asked the city council to see if it has raised similar concerns regarding the Friar Gate Goods Yard site but is awaiting a response.

Earlier this month shocking drone footage emerged showing the bad state the warehouse is in.

Planning permission was granted to developer Clowes – the site’s owner for the past 30 years – in October 2011 for homes, offices, cafes and shops, while turning the warehouse into a supermarket.

But a downturn in the fortune of supermarkets put paid to that idea.

The Derby Telegraph has asked also site owners Clowes Developments for a response to Mr Dynia’s concerns but they have not yet commented.