Local News & Archive — April 13, 2017 at 11:13 pm — Updated: April 13, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Police warning over Denbigh hospital rave rumours

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Police have warned potential revellers to stay away from Denbigh’s North Wales Hospital amid rumours of plans for an illegal rave.

Patrols will be stepped up around the former psychiatric unit over the next two weekends following claims on social media that an event was being planned for the 22nd and 23rd April.

The alleged organisers have been sent a message by officers warning they could face being arrested or summoned to appear in court. It’s understood a Facebook event page advertising the rave as an ”adventure” has been taken down.

The Grade II-listed building has been at the centre of a long-running legal battle between Denbighshire County Council and owners Freemont, whose plans for new housing fell through. A compulsory purchase order is being finalised to make way for fresh proposals to build 200 new homes and 34 apartments.

But the hospital, which closed in 1995, has been targeted by arsonists on numerous occasions – most recently in February, when a major fire was started deliberately.

Sergeant Neil Stringfellow from North Wales Police said he would remind the organisers and anything thinking of attending ”that they run the risk of serious injury at this unsafe, derelict site”.

”The floors, walls and roof areas are in a state of collapse and the site has been subject to regular arson incidents, weakening the structures further. The building also contains asbestos. My strong advice is not to attend any such gathering. We will be out and about and we will deal firmly with any illegal activity.”

 

Last January, a planned rave in the Denbigh moors was halted after rural crime detectives tracked down organisers setting up in woodland near the Llyn Brenig reservoir.
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