VIDEO: Teens put life at risk in 'tremendously dangerous' stunt up a 50m crane in Wallington

Sutton Guardian: The youngster is seen hanging from the giant The youngster is seen hanging from the giant

This is the terrifying moment a daredevil put his life at risk to dangle himself from a 50m crane.

Footage, published on YouTube on February 16, reveals three men, who appear to be in their teens, climbing up the giant crane in Shotfield, Wallington.

Sutton Guardian:

The youngster starts by holding on with both hands

Sutton Guardian:

He slowly lets go and clings on with just one hand 

Their death-defying ascent is captured on a GoPro camera and appears to have been done without any safety equipment.

The three teens appear to take it in turns to hang off the towering crane.

Sutton Guardian:

The crane towers above neighbouring buildings 

A police spokesman said the video was a copycat of a Channel 4 documentary, aired last month, called Don’t Look Down telling the story of urban free climbers who illegally climb cranes and buildings without safety equipment and then hang from them.

He said: "We are getting hold of a still from that video. We will work to identify them individually and work with local police teams to do that.

"We also want to have a closer look at the video to see if any offences have been committed. We would also be looking at whether their actions constitute anti-social behaviour.

"We will be working with site security, around the crane, to increase patrols and would appeal to members of the public to come forward and tell us who the individuals are.

"What they have done is tremendously dangerous and they are putting their lives at risk. We will be doing our duty to the public to protect their safety.

Sutton Guardian:

Sutton Guardian:

The youngsters filmed themselves at the top of the crane 

"This was such an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do that it's almost beyond belief. They could easily have lost their lives."

He said the teens would be dealt with 'robustly' and police would be talking to the Health and Safety Executive and the site's management about tightening security to prevent any further activities. 

If you recognise the teens or have any information contact Sutton Police on 101.

Sutton Guardian:

After hanging on with just one hand the teen is then seen scrambling back up to his companions

Sutton Guardian:

The youngsters bump fists in celebration of their stunt

What do you think about their actions? Leave a comment below or email ssleigh@london.newsquest.co.uk


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5:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

232904 says...

WHAT IDIOTS!!!!
WHAT IDIOTS!!!! 232904

5:23pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Something-Wonderful says...

It's time for the companies who supply these cranes to provide 24 hour security as an non negotiable addition to their contracts, before someone dies.
It's time for the companies who supply these cranes to provide 24 hour security as an non negotiable addition to their contracts, before someone dies. Something-Wonderful

6:01pm Wed 19 Feb 14

coach77cfc says...

proves security outside the compound is RUBBISH how did they get inside/ if they had fallen who would have been libel, bet it would have been the company as security was inadequate.
really scary what kids will do for a thrill bet when their parents find out what they did hopefully they will be punished
proves security outside the compound is RUBBISH how did they get inside/ if they had fallen who would have been libel, bet it would have been the company as security was inadequate. really scary what kids will do for a thrill bet when their parents find out what they did hopefully they will be punished coach77cfc

7:18pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Binsanity says...

Giving these youngsters this magnitude of exposure is irresponsible to say the least. If you wanted to encourage copycat idiotic heriocs Guardian, you have probably done it. Very poor reporting.
Giving these youngsters this magnitude of exposure is irresponsible to say the least. If you wanted to encourage copycat idiotic heriocs Guardian, you have probably done it. Very poor reporting. Binsanity

7:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

PeterM says...

These teens were only putting themselves in danger, no one else, yet the Police want to find them and deal with them 'robustly'.

However, when they, the London Metropolitan Police, have been presented with video footage of drivers on their mobile phone they reply by saying that using a hand held mobile phone at the wheel "is not dangerous" and is only a "minor offence" and that they were in full control of their vehicle because "they didn't lose control".

I think what these youths have done is wrong, but I also think that the Police are sending out the wrong message by implying that this is far more serious than someone using their phone at the wheel. If these youngsters make a mistake, it's only them that will suffer, if a driver on their phone updating Facebook makes a mistake, someone else that is completely innocent can die.
These teens were only putting themselves in danger, no one else, yet the Police want to find them and deal with them 'robustly'. However, when they, the London Metropolitan Police, have been presented with video footage of drivers on their mobile phone they reply by saying that using a hand held mobile phone at the wheel "is not dangerous" and is only a "minor offence" and that they were in full control of their vehicle because "they didn't lose control". I think what these youths have done is wrong, but I also think that the Police are sending out the wrong message by implying that this is far more serious than someone using their phone at the wheel. If these youngsters make a mistake, it's only them that will suffer, if a driver on their phone updating Facebook makes a mistake, someone else that is completely innocent can die. PeterM

9:31pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Mrttsisahero says...

If that's how they get there kicks let them be. They know the risks just like any youngsters. Whether that be boxing, MMA or solders young men need excitement.
If that's how they get there kicks let them be. They know the risks just like any youngsters. Whether that be boxing, MMA or solders young men need excitement. Mrttsisahero

10:16am Thu 20 Feb 14

dmw-10 says...

Mrttsisahero wrote:
If that's how they get there kicks let them be. They know the risks just like any youngsters. Whether that be boxing, MMA or solders young men need excitement.
What a ridiculous reply. They don't just harm themselves if things go wrong, what about those who might witness them falling? What about those who have to deal with the body and the clearing up? What about the family and other loved ones they leave behind? Harm is not just based on physical impact, it extends to emotional and psychological wellbeing also.
[quote][p][bold]Mrttsisahero[/bold] wrote: If that's how they get there kicks let them be. They know the risks just like any youngsters. Whether that be boxing, MMA or solders young men need excitement.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous reply. They don't just harm themselves if things go wrong, what about those who might witness them falling? What about those who have to deal with the body and the clearing up? What about the family and other loved ones they leave behind? Harm is not just based on physical impact, it extends to emotional and psychological wellbeing also. dmw-10

11:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

Alex_Bradford says...

I'm waiting to hear explanations from their parents. I wonder who they'll identify as the scape goat for their own abject failures, by these by-products of their casual copulation?

Will it be teachers for the lack of discipline in schools, or will it be the police for not keeping order? Will it be the crane's owner for not anticipating the irresponsibility of absentee parents? Or will it the more general old chestnut of "they simply got into the wrong crowd!" ???
I'm waiting to hear explanations from their parents. I wonder who they'll identify as the scape goat for their own abject failures, by these by-products of their casual copulation? Will it be teachers for the lack of discipline in schools, or will it be the police for not keeping order? Will it be the crane's owner for not anticipating the irresponsibility of absentee parents? Or will it the more general old chestnut of "they simply got into the wrong crowd!" ??? Alex_Bradford

12:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment??

just a thought...
maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment?? just a thought... AndyLikeGandhi

3:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

AndyLikeGandhi wrote:
maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment??

just a thought...
............and a very silly thought!
[quote][p][bold]AndyLikeGandhi[/bold] wrote: maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment?? just a thought...[/p][/quote]............and a very silly thought! ResidentTony

6:23pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Alex_Bradford says...

AndyLikeGandhi wrote:
maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment??

just a thought...
Are you seriously suggesting Wallington has no parks, community groups, library services or youth clubs? And there's nowhere around town with any internet connection? Care to rethink that thought?
[quote][p][bold]AndyLikeGandhi[/bold] wrote: maybe if there were more to do locally, they wouldn't have to source their own entertainment?? just a thought...[/p][/quote]Are you seriously suggesting Wallington has no parks, community groups, library services or youth clubs? And there's nowhere around town with any internet connection? Care to rethink that thought? Alex_Bradford

8:17pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Kier001 says...

The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........?
The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........? Kier001

11:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

dmw-10 says...

Kier001 wrote:
The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........?
I don't ever recall taking risks of this nature - climbing over 50ft and dangling, but maybe it's slipped my mind!

If they carry on taking these risks sadly they might not experience growing up.
[quote][p][bold]Kier001[/bold] wrote: The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........?[/p][/quote]I don't ever recall taking risks of this nature - climbing over 50ft and dangling, but maybe it's slipped my mind! If they carry on taking these risks sadly they might not experience growing up. dmw-10

7:36am Sat 22 Feb 14

Alex_Bradford says...

dmw-10 wrote:
Kier001 wrote:
The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........?
I don't ever recall taking risks of this nature - climbing over 50ft and dangling, but maybe it's slipped my mind!

If they carry on taking these risks sadly they might not experience growing up.
Come to think of it, 50m isn't 50ft but nearer 150ft... which I guess makes this activity three times as stupid!
[quote][p][bold]dmw-10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kier001[/bold] wrote: The fact is most young people take risks of one form or another - all part of growing up. I just hope they don't hurt themselves or anybody else in the process. As for Police involvement, well...........?[/p][/quote]I don't ever recall taking risks of this nature - climbing over 50ft and dangling, but maybe it's slipped my mind! If they carry on taking these risks sadly they might not experience growing up.[/p][/quote]Come to think of it, 50m isn't 50ft but nearer 150ft... which I guess makes this activity three times as stupid! Alex_Bradford

1:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

232904 says...

it was a stupid thing to do for what ever reason!!! they clearly do need a good talking to if nothing else! Maybe some of you would have different comments if this story was reporting that their parents had to be informed they were dead from falling! As for identities.... their names are on You tube!!
it was a stupid thing to do for what ever reason!!! they clearly do need a good talking to if nothing else! Maybe some of you would have different comments if this story was reporting that their parents had to be informed they were dead from falling! As for identities.... their names are on You tube!! 232904

2:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Alex_Bradford says...

It's true! They are actually writing comments on their video on You Tube! I was also particularly amused by their filming each other and then (only later on) thinking to try to cover their faces! PRICELESS!
It's true! They are actually writing comments on their video on You Tube! I was also particularly amused by their filming each other and then (only later on) thinking to try to cover their faces! PRICELESS! [No doubt they are writing under their real names... perhaps they'll think to disguise them later?!!!] Alex_Bradford

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