Paisley hospital forced to hire extra security amid 'urban explorer' craze

Staff at the psychiatric hospital have slammed the 'urban explorers'.
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A Paisley hospital has been forced to hire extra security after a number of break-ins by 'urban explorers'.

Dykebar Hospital has had to fork out money to beef up its security measures amid rising incidents of members of the public illegally entering disused buildings on the grounds.

Staff at the psychiatric hospital have slammed the 'urban explorers', who video themselves exploring the buildings for social media, for wasting valuable NHS resources.

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A staff member who spoke to Glasgow Live said: "We've had to hire extra staff because of them. They come in and wander about and film themselves or take pictures before putting it on social media.

"But every time they do more end up coming. It's a complete mess.

"Staff are having to deal with them every couple of days. They're not only wasting NHS resources but they are putting themselves at risk as well.

"There's asbestos and some of the buildings have been condemned."

Urban exploring is a craze which has swept social media in recent years. The trend sees people explore 'abandoned' buildings and places to capture film or video which is usually uploaded to social media.

The hobby often sees 'explorers' put themselves at risk of injury or even death as they explore sealed-off or long-disused structures. Glasgow Live is aware of dozens of videos and images on social media taken from within barred area's of the hospital.

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "We are aware people have been illegally entering the disused buildings at our Dykebar site and we have a security team in place to monitor the area. We are also investigating additional security measures to prevent further unauthorised access.

"It is reminded that it is a criminal offence to enter these buildings and the police are contacted by our security teams when break-ins occur."

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