By Christina Wood
This is the moment a group of daredevil teens ended up in the back of a police van after they climbed to the top of the tallest rollercoaster in the UK.
Rikke Brewer, 18, scaled the Pepsi Max ‘Big One’ in Blackpool Pleasure Beach last month [July 22nd] with four pals for his YouTube channel that is dedicated to dangerous escapades.
In the stomach-churning video, the youths – all aged 18-20 – climb up the 65m high ride without any safety equipment before balancing precariously on top of the tracks with the skyline stretching out around them.
However, near the end of the footage they are seen making a run for it when the police turn up and an officer can be heard telling them to get down or they would ‘get bitten by a dog’.
Rikke, from Surrey, said: “It was definitely palm sweating and very nerve-wracking but once we got the flow of climbing up we got into it and enjoyed the view.
“I felt gutted when the police turned up but I’m strong minded so I knew we would be okay. I wasn’t scared or worried. It is average and expected to happen.
“We chose this one because it is the highest rollercoaster in the UK and it looked quite ‘narley’ [intense] from the bottom.
“I love the beautiful views that I get from being on the high structures. I wanted to share the view and show our lives to the public.”
The urban explorer has been scaling buildings for two years and claims the best climb he has done so far is The Leadenhall Building in London but admits he won’t reveal where is next on his list.
The 18-year-old has been vlogging full-time for seven months and hopes to scale the Statue of Liberty in New York one day.
Rikke said: “I used to climb small structures when I was younger. I was a very hyperactive kid and as my life went on I met some people who were into scaling really big structured buildings and bridges.
“I met with them and I carried on doing it with them for about two years.
“I have had a good response from my video. People enjoyed watching it and I enjoyed making it.
“I have had negative comments from people who don’t agree with it but that’s usually from older people after seeing it on the news.
“I understand where they’re coming from but I don’t like when they say nasty comments. Not everyone is perfect.”
A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “At approximately 9.30pm on Saturday 22nd July, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s uniformed security detained a group of criminal trespassers. The police were called immediately and they were then handed over to the Lancashire Constabulary.”
A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We were called at half nine on the evening of the 22nd of July following a report that a group of males had climbed the big one on Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
“We attended and spoke to those involved and gave them words of advice.”