Former factory site vandalised

November 26, 2021

Humberside Police are appealing for information about a potential break-in at the old Bairds Menswear Factory site in Goole.

Officers were called to reports of suspicious activity at the derelict building on Rawcliffe Road just after 12pm on Sunday, November 21. A spokesperson for the police said: “It was reported that two men may have stolen items from the building. On attending shortly after, officers stopped and searched the males and no items were recovered.”

Cllr David Jeffreys visited the site to assess the damage, and when he arrived he spoke with police who told him they “had seen youths on the roof of the building”. He described walking into the premises as shocking, and said the extent of the destruction caused “was like a bomb had gone off”. “Draws had been ransacked, old computers were smashed, light fittings were pulled down, fire extinguishers were thrown everywhere and there wasn’t a pane of glass that hadn’t been smashed”, he said. Mr Jeffreys added: “The vandals had a lit a small fire and placed a fire extinguisher on top of it. The building is full of cardboard and plywood - our biggest concern is that it’s a fire hazard”.

Cllr Jeffreys has been in touch with the Baird Group company, who put him in contact with the building’s landlord who has been made aware of the situation. An enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Public Protection Service is looking into the case. If you have any information that could assist Humberside Police in their enquiries, you can call 101, quoting the log number 210 of November 21.

Cllr David Jeffreys visited the site to assess the damage caused. (25-11-215 SU)

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