Group of youths risk lives 'climbing 200ft to peak of Thorpe Park rollercoaster'

Sean Morrison
The youths are said to have scaled the rollercoaster after Thorpe Park closed for the night: Getty Images

A group of daredevil youths climbed to the top of one of Britain’s tallest rollercoasters.

The four youngsters broke into Thorpe Park and scaled the 200-feet tall Stealth ride on Sunday night.

Police and firefighters were called to the Surrey theme park at around 10.15pm after it closed for the evening, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

They arrived after the group reached the top of what is known as one of the UK’s tallest rollercoasters.

A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told the paper: "A group of youths broke in and climbed to the top of the Stealth ride.

"By the time we got there they had rescued themselves.

"I think they saw the better of it and climbed down as it is crazy going that high."

It is unclear whether the group were arrested.

Stealth is a white-knuckle ride that accelerates from 0-80mph in just 1.9 seconds.

A Thorpe Park spokeswoman said the theme park will be pursuing legal action against the youths - who have all received lifetime bans from the premises.

She said: "Thorpe Park can confirm that last night, after the theme park had closed, 4 youths broke in and attempted to climb one of the rides.

"They were spotted very quickly by our security team and the police were informed. One of the young men had difficulty descending from his position and the Surrey Fire Service were called to help him down safely.

"Thorpe Park takes trespass extremely seriously. It has a zero tolerance policy towards this behaviour which is irresponsible and potentially very dangerous for those individuals as well as others.

"As such we will be pursuing legal action against those involved. And the first immediate action we've taken is that they've all received a lifetime ban to our premises."

Surrey Police have been approached for a comment.​

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