Police have issued a warning to ‘urban explorers’ attempting to get inside one of Stoke-on-Trent’s most prominent buildings.
The ‘urban explorers’ went to the Queen’s Theatre, in Burslem, earlier today in response to a social media post.
But Staffordshire Police say the property is ‘unsafe’ and people will be dealt with if they commit a criminal offence or breach current coronavirus rules.
The iconic Wedgwood Place building was once known as the Queen’s Hall. It was initially commissioned as Burslem’s town hall before later becoming the theatre.
But it has been beset by structural problems and shut a number of years ago.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council – which owns the building – splashed out £420,000 on repairs to the building before the coronavirus pandemic.
A police spokesman said: “A number of ‘urban explorers’ have been stopped from entering the derelict Queen’s Theatre following a social media post which has been circulated.
“Please do not visit the location, and ensure your children do not attend. The property is unsafe, and if criminal offences are identified, you will be prosecuted. Covid-19 legislation will also be utilised.”