Youngsters warned after teen’s rooftop fall

Newspaper: Morley Observer.'Story: A 16 year old boy falls through the roof of one of the units on Treefield Industrial Estate, Gildersome.'Picture shows the entrance road into the estate.'Photo Date: 14/04/15
Newspaper: Morley Observer.'Story: A 16 year old boy falls through the roof of one of the units on Treefield Industrial Estate, Gildersome.'Picture shows the entrance road into the estate.'Photo Date: 14/04/15
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Police have issued a warning to young people as a teenager remains critically ill in hospital after a rooftop fall.

The 16-year-old boy is being treated for serious head injuries at Leeds General Infirmary following the incident, which happened last Tuesday afternoon at Treefield Industrial Estate on Gelderd Road, Gildersome.

His condition is said to be stable, though serious.

It is believed that the boy was one of a group of youngsters who were on top of a derelict building on the site when he fell through a roof skylight just after 3pm, though no criminal activity is suspected to have taken place.

However, Morley police have now directly appealed to young people to avoid any activity which might comprimise their safety and result in a repeat incident.

It is understood that some have innocently congregated around sites on and around Gelderd Road since the tragic car crash which killed schoolboys George Wharton and Rhys Baker last month.

Insp Ian O’Brien, who heads the Outer South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The circumstances surrounding this incident have been investigated and it is being treated as an accident.

“The male who was injured remains seriously ill in hospital and our thoughts are with his family at what will be a very difficult time for them.

“We are aware that young people have been visiting the location following the fatal road traffic collision in which two local boys died and we would that ask anyone going down there does nothing that could put their safety at risk.”