Going, going, gone: The last throes of Preston's Ribbleton Hospital

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Demolition of a former Preston mental health hospital is reaching its final stages.

Works started at Ribbleton Hospital last month and the Miller Road site is up for sale.

Demolition underway at the former Ribbleton Hospital

Demolition underway at the former Ribbleton Hospital

The vacant site - closed in 2015 - has since become a magnet for anti-social behaviour with a suspected arson attack taking place in October.

Bradley Demolitions has levelled much of the facility with just a few remaining walls remaining in place.

The finishing stages of the demolition will be complete by Christmas.

Patients at the 28-bed unit were moved to The Harbour - a 154-bed purpose built facility on Preston New Road in Blackpool - in March 2015, bringing to an end more than two decades of mental health care at the site.

Speaking earlier this year, an NHS spokesman said: “The future use of the site will be determined by a new owner, at this stage we are too early in the proceedings to know.”