Police demand improved security after ‘irresponsible’ McLaren video

Security fencing blocks off one of the entrances to the McLaren Hotel but it is easy to get in.

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An online community forum has been branded ‘irresponsible’ for posting a video showing intruders inside the former McLaren Hotel in Brodick.

The YouTube video shows two men trying various means of entry to the rundown building and checking security before opting to enter through a back door, which appears to have been left unsafe.

Now the owners of the hotel, the Norfolk-based abodeGroup,  have been told by police to improve security at the hotel, which has lay increasingly derelict since it closed in 2o15, amid concerns of copycat forays into the building.

There have repeated claims that the security at the building has been breached with fixtures and fittings damaged, pipes and floorboards ripped up, leaving the inside of the building in a dangerous state.

Arran sergeant Dougie Robertson said: ‘The building is derelict and unsafe and we would not condone anyone entering the building in its current state. As well as the danger they also risk finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. We have contacted the owners to take steps to improve security at the property.’

But one nearby resident said: ‘It seems completely irresponsible for an Arran online forum to share a video which could encourage others to do exactly the same.’

It seems exploring abandoned buildings is something of a phenomenon on social media and the film ‘exploring with Alec’ clearly shows him being openly filmed as he scours the hotel.

Inside the derelict building the intruders meet a Frenchman who says he has stayed a night in what was the restaurant of the hotel. The men spend 38 minutes filming inside the hotel, which is now also being investigated.

It is nearly a year since the abodeGroup were given permission to demolish the hotel to make way for a £9 million 88 bedroom aparthotel. The Banner contacted the owners this week who have promised an announcement on the development soon.


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