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Boy, 14, dies in roof plunge while exploring abandoned building

Two other boys suffer serious injuries in similar accidents in west Yorkshire.

A 14-year-old boy has died after falling through a roof in a disused building.

Police have issued warnings about the dangers of exploring abandoned premises following the death of Myles Johnstone, who was known to his friends as Mylo.

West Yorkshire Police said the teenager was found by police called to old industrial premises off Wyther Lane, in Leeds, shortly after 8.30pm on Thursday.

A spokesman said the full circumstances are still being established but it is believed he had gone to the site with friends and had been on the roof when he fell through into the building.

Officers, paramedics and an air ambulance team gave emergency treatment but Myles died at the scene, he said.

The teenager, who was from the Bramley area of Leeds, was a pupil at West Leeds Academy.

Thursday’s incident follows two similar recent incidents in the Leeds area involving boys who were seriously injured in falls at disused buildings.

A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured at a disused factory in Modder Avenue, Armley, on June 20, and a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured at a derelict building in Ninelands Lane, Garforth, on May 28.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said: “Clearly the boy’s family are completely distraught and we are doing everything we can to support them at this difficult time and have appointed a family liaison officer to assist them.

“This is the third incident of this nature in recent months, although sadly on this occasion it has proven fatal.”


From Belfast Telegraph