Police warning after youths risk their lives by climbing on roof of Honiton Library

PUBLISHED: 09:56 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:06 27 February 2018

Teenagers were spotted on the roof of Honiton Library. Main image: Google Maps

Teenagers were spotted on the roof of Honiton Library. Main image: Google Maps

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Youths in Honiton are risking their lives by climbing up buildings and running across rooftops.

Honiton Library supervisor Linda Isaacson has concerns over the lack of early height warnings signs for the railway bridge on New Street.  Ref mhh 3422-42-15SH. Picture: Simon HornHoniton Library supervisor Linda Isaacson has concerns over the lack of early height warnings signs for the railway bridge on New Street. Ref mhh 3422-42-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Their actions have been branded as ‘stupid’ by Linda Isaacson, supervisor of Honiton Library, who spotted four teenagers climbing to the top of the building and jumping off last Monday (February 19).

Miss Isaacson said she heard what sounded like ‘elephant’s footsteps’ echoing around the library before realising the youngsters were walking on the roof.

She said: “At first, I thought they were being idiots. But, this isn’t the first time people have been doing parkour on our flat roof. However, that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.

“You don’t expect to find anyone but workmen on your roof.

“They actually caused damage to another building’s masonry nearby when clambering over its roof.”

Miss Isaacson said she believes youths have scaled the building before, having found smashed tiles littered on the forecourt outside the library last month.

“We just presumed it was bad weather,” she said.

“But, now we think it might not have been.

“The youths who climbed our building last week were all wearing hoodies – there were three boys and one girl.

“They should keep off our roof for their own safety, as well to ensure the wellbeing of the building.

“If they had hurt themselves up there, no-one would have known and it would have been very difficult to get to them.”

Parkour, also knows as freerunning, is the act of running, swinging, jumping, and climbing from point A to point B in the quickest way possible.

PCSO Darren England, of Honiton’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “Police and staff at the library are very concerns for the safety of anyone climbing on this roof or any roof in Honiton.

“If we catch people on a roof and there is damage we will be looking at dealing with them for criminal damage and also progressing them through the anti-social behaviour process.

“If anyone sees anyone on a building or roof who should not be there then I would encourage them to report this to the police at the time.”


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