POLICE are warning youngsters to have fun but be careful after a schoolboy suffered a cut to his head when he fell through the roof of an old garage.
The 10-year-old boy was playing with friends on the derelict garages at the rear of Church Walk, behind the old Conservative Club on the Headland, in Hartlepool.
The youngster, who has not been named, fell through one of the roofs and became wedged in a void between two of them.
A neighbour, who heard the young boys cries for help, contacted the emergency services while his pals tried to get him free.
Firefighters from Stranton and the Headland fire stations arrived and helped rescue the stricken boy who was then taken to hospital by a waiting ambulance.
He had suffered a cut to the back of his head and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for checks.
Today a spokeswoman for Cleveland Police urged kids to beware – especially when they are playing with friends in the half -term holiday next week.
She said: ““We would remind parents to warn their children of the dangers of climbing buildings, sheds or garages, particularly when they are out playing over the half-term holidays.
“Children sometimes make decisions that can put them in the path of danger or they can be egged on by their friends, a quick reminder before they go out to play will mean that they can enjoy their time off school and have fun safely.
“We don’t want to spoil their fun but we really need to warn them about the dangers of playing on or in old buildings.”
She added: “Fortunately this boy was not seriously hurt.
“He had been climbing on top of the old garages and fallen in. He was shouting that he couldn’t get out and was stuck in a void.
“The ambulance attended and checked him over in the ambulance and he had a small cut to the back of his head. He was taken to hospital to be checked over as a precautionary measure.”
A spokeswoman for North East Ambulance Service said: “We got the call to go to Church Walk at 5.34pm on Monday. A neighbour had reported it, they reported that he was crying.
“He was taken to hospital with minor injuries.”