A pair of mischievous teenagers are being widely criticised after scaling the fences at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the dead of night and actually having fun there. After breaking into the theme park, they managed to switch on the Blue Flyer (fortunately not the Big One), taking it for a 30-minute spin in the early hours.
As you can see from the clip below, it's not the world's most thrilling ride, but imagine trying to operate it yourself. At night. As a trembly voiced criminal child.
Not content with their naughtiness, they proceeded to the park’s T-Cafe, where they had a food fight, before being chased off by security guards at 4.50am.
While this may sound like a dream night to most teenagers, the kids could have seriously hurt themselves, and are rightly in serious trouble. “At around 4.50am on Friday 17 June we were called by security at Blackpool Pleasure Beach after they spotted two youths on the site on CCTV,” said a Lancashire police spokesman. “A 15-year-old boy from Blackpool was later arrested on suspicion of burglary and was given a community resolution.”
Theme parks have been under extra scrutiny following the Smiler disaster at Alton Towers last summer, and this incident, despite being very different in nature, will do nothing to boost confidence in them.
“Following the break-in, the ride has been fully inspected and is operational and open to the public,” said a spokeswoman for the park. “Security will continue to operate with vigilance over a 24-hour period across the 42-acre site, assisted by CCTV surveillance, monitoring activity on the grounds of Blackpool Pleasure Beach.” [Guardian]
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