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Warning After Break-In at Scarborough's Futurist

Warning After Break-In at Scarborough's Futurist

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:46pm 28th February 2018. (Updated at 5:57pm 28th February 2018)

Scarborough borough council has issued a warning after a break-in at the Futurist Theatre.

The building's being prepared for demolition, but a campaign group broke into the building at the weekend and filmed areas inside.

The council has issued this statement:

“On 24 February Urban Explorers broke into the Futurist building and recorded a video of various internal areas, which was subsequently posted on the internet. The video shows the exceptionally poor condition of the building and that stripping out work is well advanced.

The building had security guards present and once they became aware the trespassers were in the building, the police were notified. We are currently using the network of CCTV cameras throughout the town to attempt to identify those responsible.

Any demolition or construction site is a particularly dangerous environment and people who intentionally trespass are putting themselves and others in great danger of death or serious injury. In the case of the Futurist, the building contains asbestos and other dangerous materials and hazards which could harm unauthorised persons accessing the site. It is a miracle that no one was injured although the effects from exposure to asbestos can take many years until they are known, and we would urge those responsible to seek medical attention.

Scarborough Borough Council and Willmott Dixon have taken all reasonable measures to prevent access including hoarding, boarding up, providing security and erecting warning signs to highlight the dangers. We will also shortly be installing a new CCTV system to cover the whole of the site. Members of the public must not to attempt to access the Futurist site now the works to demolish the building have commenced.”

Janet Jefferson, Member of the Save the Futurist Group said:

"I think members of the Futurist group and people who wanted to save it, already knew what the condition of the theater was.

That's why they strive so hard and bearing in mind, It's now been closed for over four years and those pictures shows the fabric of that building are good.

When I watched this video on the internet, it brought tears to my eyes.

It's a travesty of justice and it could have been restored to its original glory for a very minimal price."




There are 2 comments on this page.

Ali Wilkins, on 1st March 2018 11:44am
This video made me cry. The Futurist was in good condition despite Council neglect. It is so sad to see it now the workmen have started ripping the heart out of it. It goes without saying that it would have been spectacular if it had the TLC and a fraction of the money SBC have spent on other theatre venues. And it would have turned a profit for the town which is more than can be said for the others.
stephen brown, on 1st March 2018 5:24pm
On watching this video this is the first time I've ever seen inside the futurist and what a shame it's being demolished surely it would have been cheaper to renovate and get it up and running again but at the end of the day it will come down to money and lining someone's pocket

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