Disused borstal now hotbed for delinquents

This Kenmure site regularly attracts unlawful activity. Photo: Peter McIntosh
This Kenmure site regularly attracts unlawful activity. Photo: Peter McIntosh
An overgrown Dunedin section once used as a borstal has become an ‘‘attraction for undesirables’’ with several arrests there for unlawful entering and burglary in the past year.

On Monday night police tracked two people from a site containing several buildings in Mornington Rd, across from the Lookout Point Fire Station.

Officers were called to the location and police dogs located the suspects on Riselaw Rd.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said one of them was summonsed for driving while disqualified.

‘‘While they were there another car load of undesirables had turned up, saw police and went away.’’

It was one of several such incidents at the location in recent years.

On November 16 last year, several people were charged with unlawfully being on a property there and one with unlawful possession of a firearm.

There had also been a burglary charge at the property since then.

It had become a type of ‘‘meeting place’’, he said.

‘‘It seems to be some attraction for undesirables. So just for people to be aware, it’s an area where people are not permitted to go.’’

The site was once used to house youth offenders, and more recently was occupied by the Methodist Mission.

Attempts to contact the owners of the site yesterday were unsuccessful.



Co operative, the owners, aren't they? Is it secure, monitored by camera?



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