Urban explorer's warning about derelict Derby factory after death of Adam Johnson

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An urban explorer has told of how easy it is to gain access to a derelict factory in Derby where a 12-year-old boy fell to his death.

Adam Johnson died in hospital after being found critically injured inside the Aida Bliss factory, in City Road, Chester Green, just after 7.30pm on Friday.

Pictures from inside the 19th-century factory, which has been derelict for more than a decade, show graffiti and debris from fires - suggesting people have been inside the site.

The man who went inside the "dangerous" building last year to take the photographs did not wish to be named. He said gaining access was very easy as several fire doors were left ajar.

Inside the Aida Bliss factory in City Road, Chester Green, where Adam Smith, 12, died

Inside the Aida Bliss factory in City Road, Chester Green, where Adam Smith, 12, died

He said: “The place where I got in is still open now. I used to live in Chester Green and would walk my dog near to the factory.

“You can literally just walk straight in. We counted five or six doors that were open. Windows have also been smashed so people can get through there.

“It’s quite dangerous inside, especially if you didn’t watch where you were going. There are a lot of big holes in the floor that have been flooded. Somebody had even hung up a washing line in there, so homeless people must be going in too."

He added: "It does need knocking down before somebody else dies. It’s a massive place so it’s easy to go in and just do what you like. Nobody would ever know you were there. We shouted ‘hello’ while we were in there and nobody came in to bother us.

Adam died after falling through the roof of the building

Adam died after falling through the roof of the building

“There are kids going in and out of the building all day. And, when you’re in Chester Green, you don’t see many police officers walking around so you can do as you like.”

Police said Adam, who was a pupil at Allestree Woodlands School, was exploring the building with two friends when he died.

The inquest into his death was opened at Derby and Derbyshire Coroner's Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The youngster was pronounced dead at 9.51pm at the Royal Derby Hospital. He was identified by his father, Paul Johnson, the court was told.

Flowers, candles and tributes laid in memory of a 12-year-old boy who died after falling through the roof of a factory in Derby

Flowers, candles and tributes laid in memory of Adam Johnson

Detective Inspector Graham Prince, of Derbyshire police, said a post-mortem examination was carried out but a cause of death has not yet been established.

He said: "Emergency services were called to a derelict building on City Road, called Aida Bliss, on Friday evening after reports of a child falling through the roof. (They) attended and forced entry into the building, where they discovered the child on the ground in a critical condition.

"He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Derby Hospital where, shortly after arriving, he was pronounced deceased at 9.51pm.

"The investigation into his death is well under way."

Derbyshire police have reissued an appeal for information relating to the incident and asked anyone with information to contact DS Sally Dachtler on 101.