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28DL and UE in the News Sheffield Star - 29th February 2008

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'Urban explorers' slammed for climbing Tinsley cooling towers

A GROUP of self-styled 'urban explorers' have been slammed by police and utility bosses after illegally scaling Tinsley cooling towers and posting photos on the internet.
The four 'explorers' used rock climbing equipment to scale ladders to the top of one of the 76 metre towers after dark earlier this month.

From there they took photographs of the view including images of Meadowhall and the M1.

The photographs and details of their exploits are posted on their website - one of a network of internet pages dedicated to the risky pastime of "urban exploration". The activity is described as the examination of normally unseen or off-limits areas of towns and cities.

But today South Yorkshire Police and utility company Eon, which owns the site at Blackburn Meadows, criticised the climb.

A E.on spokeswoman said: "The actions of these people are highly irresponsible, not to mention illegal. The Tinsley cooling tower site is a demolition area and should be treated wi
th respect.

"Anyone who chooses to break into the site is putting their lives at serious risk and as such we would ask anyone who sees people acting suspiciously to call the police immediately."

Insp Adrian Fox, from Attercliffe police station , said: "There is a greater risk here because of the height of the towers and the lengths they have gone to to climb them.

"There are dangers to entering a site such as this and we would encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact us and let us deal with it."

The iconic towers are to be demolished this year.

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