Warning as youngsters play on derelict land near Ryhall Road

The wasteland behind McDonald's which is being used for skateboarding
The wasteland behind McDonald's which is being used for skateboarding
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Staff at a fast food restaurant are concerned youngsters who are using derelict land to skateboard could be seriously injured.

McDonald’s business manager Spencer Rollings discovered young people had been using the former Mirlees Blackstones site behind the restaurant in Ryhall Road, Stamford, on Monday night.

Mr Rollings chased the youths onto the land when he discovered them searching through the restaurant bins.

He was shocked to discover the land covered in piles rubbish but while there, he noticed several open manhole covers and huge craters full of water, as well as a makeshift skatepark.

Staff are worried one of the youths could be seriously injured if they continue trespassing on the land.

People manager at the restaurant Cheryl Carter said: “I’d say these kids were aged between 10 and 14 and they had made themselves a little skateboard with ramps and a shelter.

“We don’t blame them for doing that because they are just looking for something to do but we are all really worried they could get hurt.

“There are big blocks of jagged concrete from the Blackstones factory, open manhole covers and big ravines, which are deep and some are filled with water.

“Someone could get seriously injured there because it is so dangerous. Maybe the kids aren’t aware of how dangerous it is and I’m sure if their parents knew they were there, they wouldn’t be happy at all.”

Cheryl believes the youths were taking the rubbish to search for stickers entitling them to free food or prizes as part of a Monopoly promotion.

Staff spent Tuesday clearing the litter and collected 60 bags of rubbish.

The land is owned by Morrisons, which has planning permission to develop a retail park there, accessed from next to its store in Uffington Road.

The Mercury contacted Morrisons to make it aware of the issue. No-one had responded with a comment when the Mercury went to press.