Security increased at Brighton building site after copycat climbers mimic parkour group (From The Argus)
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Security increased at Brighton building site after copycat climbers mimic parkour group
Copycat climbers tried to scale a high-rise tower block without safety equipment – but ‘panicked’ before climbing down.
The group were thought to be mimicking the actions of other climbers who appeared on the front page of The Argus last week after scaling the Hereford Court tower block, a building site crane and the Brighton Wheel.
Residents at St James House in High Street, Brighton, reported how the copycat group reached the fourth floor of the 15-floor building in an apparent attempt to reach the top.
But when realising their height, they “panicked” and clambered down.
Social housing group Mears has since ramped up security at Hereford Court after ‘Parkour freerunners’ were pictured on top of the building in Hereford Street last week.
The firm, which also looks after St James House, has sent letters to its tenants at Hereford Court explaining why the building appeared in the paper – and what it was doing to prevent the incident reoccurring.
It has also been in contact with Sussex Police’s Community Safety Team and the Health and Safety Executive to try and ensure the future security of its sites.
A spokeswoman from Mears said: “We had a copycat attempt at St James House. We know that these were not professional free-climbers.
“We have been told by residents that they only reached the fourth floor and panicked and came down again.
“At Hereford Court, the site manager looking after this project is engaging with young people in the area whenever possible to reiterate the dangers involved in this type of activity.
“Access onto the scaffold is currently double fenced to help guard against any intruders to site and prevent unauthorised access to the scaffolds.
“We have also erected an extra 60 fence panels on the loading platform to prevent access to mast climbers.”
Sacha Powell, a climber who spoke to The Argus last week after his daredevil group were pictured on top of Hereford Court, warned copycat climbers to be wary.
He said: “If you’ve not been trained, don’t do it. You’re going to make mistakes.”
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