Welcome to Britain's first 'safe' skate park - where beginners are put in harnesses to stop them falling off

Welcome to Britain's first 'safe' skate park - where beginners are put in harnesses to stop them falling off.

Skaters at the TR7 Skatepark are attached to ropes so they can use the ramps and try tricks - without the risk of injuries.

Founders Martina Biquard, 30, and partner Chaz Merryweather, 28, hit upon the idea after talking to people interested in trying skating.

They discovered people were keen to give it a go - but were scared of getting hurt.

They then partnered with their neighbours - rope firm Vector - who helped with installation.

And people of all ages are now turning up to the indoor facility in Newquay, Cornwall to try out the ramps - unafraid of falling.

Martina said: "One of the biggest fears for beginners is falling and getting injured, especially when they're high up.

"We wanted to encourage more to take up the sport - the harness gives confidence to new skaters and encourages them to try new tricks.

"When we first installed the system, it was very popular with kids.

'Recently we've had older people, some in their 60s, take up skating with the harness".

Shelley Brereton, 44, took up skating for the first time four months ago after taking her son along for lessons.

She said: "The harness gives me confidence to try more things.

''I've used it while learning how to pump [gaining speed] and do kick turns which I don't think I would have attempted without the extra security.

"I'm not sure if I'd have taken up skating without the harness - it certainly makes things a lot easier."