FEARS for safety have been raised after graffiti has appeared in the windows of one of Ilkeston’s oldest buildings.
The Grade-II listed former Norton Plastics factory in Heanor Road has been left to become derelict since it was sold in 2008.
Now neighbouring businesses have said children are getting inside, where the floors are unsafe, and smashing windows and scrawling graffiti.
Travis Kelly, a designer at Shed2Studios next door to the factory, which dates from about 1850, said he has called the police at least 20 times since it became empty after troublemakers have got inside.
“We have had enough,” he said.
“It’s only a matter of time before a kid goes in there and gets themselves hurt really badly. It’s such a shame because it’s a great building.”
In 2008, illegal immigrants were arrested on suspicion of growing drugs on the third floor of the building.
Insp Nick Daines said: “Premises that are not occupied do tend to attract graffiti and vandalism.
“We will take some action to sure it up and make sure that it doesn’t carry on deteriorating. We will try to identify the people who own it and work with them to reduce vandalism.”
After the new owner bought the factory at auction from Norton Plastics, now based in Belfield Street, he was granted permission to turn it into 18 flats but so far no action has been taken.
Steve Birkinshaw, head of planning and regeneration at Erewash Borough Council said he was investigating and trying to reach the owner.
The Advertiser could not reach the owner for a comment this week.