A young boy from Lancaster has sadly died after he fell through a corrugated roof panel at a disused factory, say police.
Emergency services received a call from the 12-year-old's friends at around 9.30pm last night following the tragic incident at the Lune Industrial Estate on Europa Way.
Fire crews and police conducted a search and rescue operation using a drone at what was described as a "complex set of units".
Police say that the child suffered serious injuries and sadly died at the scene.
The boy's family have been made aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.
Detective Inspector Simon Dent, of Lancaster CID, said: “This is a tragic incident which has cost a young man his life and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. We are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall.
“We understand that youngsters find sites such as this interesting and want to explore them but, as this incident shows, there are potential dangers of entering abandoned buildings and we hope parents will assist us by reinforcing that message to their children, especially during the school holidays.”
A spokesman for the fire service said: "We were called out by the ambulance service to reports that a young male had fallen through the roof.
"They requested back-up to gain entry to the building and to locate the boy."
Any witnesses should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1390 of August 7th.