Youngsters dice with death

Kids on the rooftop of Argos building
Kids on the rooftop of Argos building
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Children as young as 10 are dicing with death with on rooftops in Chorley town centre.

A Guardian reader got in contact with this picture of youths running and jumping on the roof of three or four businesses in the town.

Ian Robinson, who is the chairman of Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (CADOS), believes that one slip could be disastrous for the youths.

He said: “I was shocked when I saw them on the rooftops.

“They could be doing some damage to the buildings and even worse themselves.

“They were climbing on top of the Natwest Bank and Peter Gilkes surveyors then jumping across the seven-foot gap in the ginnel across on to Argos.

“They were sliding along the Royal Bank of Scotland then climbing down and back up on to the roof of Lloyds TSB bank.

“I think this is a concern for local businesses as they could do without having to pay out thousands of pounds for a damaged roof.

“It must be quite exciting for them to do but there are plenty of other play areas in Chorley – one is just a few yards away.”

PC Nicola Barff-Lewis, who represents the Chorley town centre area today confirmed they attended the incident.

She said: “I think they had left by the time we arrived.

“It is very dangerous to climb on buildings and if we find them on the roofs we will deal with them effectively.”

The issue of ‘urban surfing’ also came up at a PACT meeting for Chorley East ward with youths climbing on the roof of the Lord Street Community Centre.

n If you see anyone climbing on the rooftops you should contact Lancashire Police on 101.