Police warn trespassers to stay out of Crookham Court
People using former school to 'hang out' in
POLICE are warning young people not to enter Crookham Court.
The former school has stood empty since 2007 and has fallen into disrepair. Officers from Thatcham’s Neighbourhood Policing Team are now saying that the buildings are not safe and have been patrolling the area to deter people entering.
Officers say that young people have been entering the grounds and the derelict buildings, with reports of people climbing on to the roof and using the building to hang out in.
“The buildings are not safe and persons should not enter, for their own safety,” officers warn.
The school closed in the late 1980s after three teachers were jailed for sexually abusing pupils.
Plans to convert the mansion into an eight-bedroom family home, or a headquarters office building, and turn a number of outbuildings into 13 smaller properties were approved last year.
At the time, developer Bridgewood said that its plans were the last opportunity to save the school as it had become a target for urban vandalism.