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Police warning after man waits 24 hours to be found

A man's been found after falling 15 feet at a disused factory in Devon and spending 24 hours waiting to be found.

Police in Totnes say there was a major search operation to try and find the 22 year old, who is now in hospital after he fell through a corrugated roof.

They warn it's not the first time they've been called to the Dairy Crest Milk factory near the railway station for someone who shouldn't have been there.

A spokesperson for the Totnes force said: "Due to the unstable and derelict nature of the site, assistance was requested from the DSFRS who sent their Urban Search & Rescue Team to assist Police Specialist search teams. A Police helicopter also attended from South Wales.

"The male was located in a derelict building having fallen 15 feet through a corrugated roof some 24 hours before.. He was unconscious and suffered major injuries. Life saving treatment was provided by a medic from USAR before Paramedics and the Air Ambulance attended. He has been taken by helicopter to Derriford Major Trauma Centre where he will receive specialist treatment.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the male and wish him a full recovery.

"This is not the first instance of serious injury caused in the old Dairy site to a youngster who should not have been in there.

"We would like to thank the staff from USAR who assisted massively, their dog who located the patient, the  Devon Air Ambulance and also the staff from SWAST who were all experts in their field. Without this multi-agency approach the outcome could have been very different."

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