POLICE have warned youngsters to steer clear of a derelict pub in Royal Wootton Bassett, saying they run the risk of ending the Easter holidays with a criminal record.

A spokesman for Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Police said the team had had a number of reports from members of the public as well as Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council over recent days regarding youths entering the disused derelict Old Nick pub on Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett.

He said: "If you are a parent or guardian please make sure you are aware of the whereabouts of your children and have a conversation with them regarding the dangers of derelict buildings.

"The pub has broken glass, live electrical cabling and numerous other hazards inside it.

"Anyone located within the property could be arrested for burglary.

"The five girls, two boys yesterday and the three boys from today could all have ended their Easter Holidays with criminal records.

"The building is being monitored by the town council CCTV operatives, who will be contacting police immediately should they see any persons going into this building.

"The new company which now owns the premises has also been contacted and, made aware of recent events, they are in the process of re-securing the property."