Two men break into derelict Sunnyside Royal Hospital, Montrose

The derelict Sunnyside Royal Hospital
The derelict Sunnyside Royal Hospital

Two men broke into a derelict Montrose hospital at the weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday (February 15) two men were traced within the main building of the former Sunnyside Royal Hospital after activating the intruder alarms.

They smashed a window to gain entry.

Both males were arrested and subsequently liberated from custody to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court in answer to a contravention of Section 57(1) of the Civic Government Scotland Act 1982.

Sergeant Clark Renilson from the Brechin and Montrose Community Policing Team said: “It’s an offence to be found in a building or premises without lawful authority whereby it may be reasonably inferred that the intention is to commit theft there.

“Any persons found within Sunnyside Hospital without lawful authority will be arrested. I ask that local residents and users of the hospital grounds remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police.”

Sunnyside Royal Hospital, which was Scotland’s oldest Asylum, closed its doors for the final time in December 2011. It has since been left unoccupied and boarded up.