Lord Line Building St. Andrews Dock

A joint letter has been issued today on behalf of Humberside Police, Hull City Council and Humber Fire & Rescue Service to the Manor Property Group notifying them of proposed legal action that may be taken out against the Manor Property Group who are the owners of the Lord Line and associated derelict buildings at St Andrews Dock.

The land owner has a responsibility to prevent trespass and risk of injury to those entering the site and also to emergency crews who are faced with entering an unknown environment when dealing with incidents on the site.

The Manor Property Group has a clear duty under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984 and we are asking them to adopt a number of emergency measures to make the property safe and work constructively with us to prevent what may be an inevitable tragedy.

Given the poor state of repair of the buildings trespassers are risking their lives entering these dangerous buildings and therefore pupils should be discouraged from accessing the site due to the risk of serious injury associated from doing so.

Responding to calls of people trespassing on the site also puts a strain on available police and fire resources which mean Humberside Police and Humber Fire & Rescue Service are unable to attend other incidents in the area – something which is not acceptable.

The structure, stairways and flooring of these buildings have all been significantly weakened by fire and water and present a massive danger to anyone entering unlawfully.

It seems only a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured. As the Head Teacher of your school we would welcome you conveying this message to parents and pupils in an attempt to minimise the level of trespassing occurring on the site.

Yours sincerely

Graham Talbot

Interim Assistant City Manager (Education)