Call to redevelop Derby warehouses destroyed in fire

A derelict warehouse in Derby
Image caption The warehouses in Derby have been empty for decades

Pressure is mounting to redevelop a group of long-derelict warehouses in Derby after a man was found dead following a fire.

Jaroslaw Wieczorek's body was found inside a disused building on Great Northern Road in October.

Leader of Derby City Council Paul Bayliss said he hoped the area could be improved .

It follows complaints from residents who claim the buildings are being used as squats.

The owners, Clowes Developments, said they did not want to comment.

Mr Bayliss said: "I didn't know people were rough sleeping in the buildings. We did know there were some people on the site.

Image caption Jaroslaw Wieczorek's body was not found until after the fire was put out

"What we want to do is to work with developers to enable them to bring that site forward.

"It has been like that for the best part of 30 years and we want to enable them to bring that warehouse back into use, bring the site back into use and redevelop it for the benefit of the people of Derby."

On Monday, builders are due to begin preparations for demolition at the former police station in Full Street - which has been empty for more than 10 years.

Two men were arrested in connection with the death of Mr Wieczorek. One was released without charge and the other remains on police bail.

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