Priests’ college intruder warning

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A WARNING has been issued to trespassers to stay away from a priests’ training college after a spate of incidents.

 Police have said those who enter Ushaw College in Durham face arrest as well as being at risk of injury.

 The premises have been subjected to various thefts and incidents of criminal damage over the past 12 months.

 On Thursday, February 24, officers were called to a report of suspicious activity at the college, after a member of the public reported three men had climbed through a ground-floor window.

 When police arrived they discovered six men and women of various ages inside one of the unsecure buildings on the site.

When questioned, the group explained they were involved in a photography project after reading the college was closing in the near future.

 Sergeant Keith Wardle, of Durham Constabulary, said: “Anyone entering the college is guilty of trespass and could be arrested. They are also placing themselves at risk because of the poor condition of some of the buildings. We would urge people to stay away from the college.”

 It was announced in October that Ushaw College was to close after a large drop in priest numbers. The 200-year-old building is home to St Cuthbert’s Seminary, which has been training priests since its foundation in France more than 400 years ago.