Anger at state of town land

DAMAGE: Kevin Smith, of Park View Site Security, with some of the damage on the Hartlepool trading estate.
DAMAGE: Kevin Smith, of Park View Site Security, with some of the damage on the Hartlepool trading estate.

FED-UP bosses at an industrial estate say “enough is enough” after windows and doors were damaged and rubbish was left strewn across the grass.

Kevin Smith said a vacant building on the Parkview East Industrial Estate, in Hartlepool, had been broken into, glass on doors and windows smashed and rubbish – including mattresses and refrigerators – dumped over the course of a few days recently.

A large caravan also went up in flames on a large patch of grass at the bottom of the site and Mr Smith said businesses should not have to put up with incidents like this.

Mr Smith, of Park View Site Security, who has looked after security on the site for 14 years, said something similar happens around the same time every year.

He said it was lucky the caravan was not closer to the nearby businesses as somebody could have been seriously injured or buildings damaged.

“This is private land and the businesses shouldn’t have to put up with this sort of behaviour,” said Mr Smith, who lives in the town centre area.

“There was rubbish left all over, windows and doors damaged, and there was a caravan fire – all in the space of a couple of days.

“This should not be happening.”

Windows and doors were smashed and aluminium sheets ripped on the former Ambassador Windows building, which is currently empty.

A padlock was also damaged, and police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Last week police and fire chiefs launched a joint investigation into the caravan blaze at the site at 6.15pm, on Sunday, April 27.

Two crews from Stranton Station were called to a caravan that was well alight on a grassed area at the bottom of Prospect Way, on the site, and fire chiefs described the dramatic sight of the twin-axle caravan as a “big ball of fire”.

Mr Smith told the Mail there had previously been problems with gangs, and arsonists and fly-tippers targeting the site, but said they had managed to overcome those problems while also removing horses left grazing on the industrial site.

However, problems like the ones experienced recently still happen around this time of year though, Mr Smith added.

The 56-year-old said the large area of grassed land at the far end of the industrial estate had members of the travelling community staying on it following the Easter weekend, for several days.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Officers have conducted a number of inquiries after receiving a report on April 28 that a padlock had been damaged at Parkview East Industrial Estate.”

Anyone with information about the caravan fire or the damage to the buildings is urged to call police on 101.