CHILDREN are being warned to stay away from derelict buildings over the summer after a series of incidents raised concerns about danger at a former school.

Police and East Lothian Council have issued a warning to parents to speak to their children about the risks of going into the former Tranent Primary School buildings, on Sanderson’s Wynd, amid concerns some youngsters viewed it as a potential playground.

The school, which has lain empty since 2008, is a listed building and years of neglect have left it derelict.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, cabinet member for environment, said: “This building has been derelict for nearly 10 years now and natural deterioration to the fabric of the building has occurred, posing considerable risks to anyone entering it.

“Despite boarding on the entrances and windows, repeated attempts have been made to gain access to the building, which brings considerable risks, and the council and local police have joined forces to ensure the local community are aware of the dangers.”

Police said school holidays led to an increase in activity around empty buildings and urged people to report any concerns.

PC Jacqueline Maurer said: “Entering derelict and abandoned buildings, which may be structurally unstable or contain hazardous materials is extremely dangerous and I would urge all parents to remind children of the risk of entering these types of buildings.

“Officers continue to patrol the known hotspot areas when resources permit and will act accordingly when reports of youths in derelict buildings are made.

“I’m also asking local residents to be extremely vigilant and continue to report any concerns or any signs of entry to derelict buildings to the police.”

The future of the former school, which is a listed building, remains under discussion.