Intruders putting their lives at risk

Jon Hopkinson (left) and Sam Woodings (right) at High Ropes Adventure in Market Rasen.
Jon Hopkinson (left) and Sam Woodings (right) at High Ropes Adventure in Market Rasen.

“STUPID” intruders are risking instant death playing on a ropes adventure course high up in the trees without any safety equipment.

The yobs are visiting Market Rasen’s High Ropes Adventure in the middle of the night to play on the ropes, vandalise the site and frighten people camping in the woodland.

Instructor Sam Woodings said the problem has got worse in the last few months and he wants to put and end to trouble. High Ropes is stepping up security and has warned new cameras will catch the people responsible for the “disruption”.

Sam, who has worked at High Ropes for several years, said: “I would never go up without a safety harness, certainly not at 3am, it’s absolutely lethal. We have to go through proper training – they have no supervision at all.

“People are putting their lives at risk going up there, they’re stupid. It would be an instant death if you fell from the top platform.

“It’s happening every few weeks now – we just want to put an end to people coming on site and causing disruption. We have to go up and check all the equipment every single time they’ve been here.”

The intruders have not yet damaged any climbing equipment but have caused destruction to a caravan and smashed windows and doors at the site, costing High Ropes Adventure thousands of pounds.

Sam said: “We don’t want these people to ruin everything for our campers. They’re disturbing people having a good time. People come here because they really enjoy having a nine-acre site to themselves.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “There have been several incidents in the last six months and the local officers have been made aware of the situation.

“At the moment there isn’t any CCTV footage of the offenders but officers will pay particular attention to the site when they are on patrol in the area.”

Lincolnshire Police would like to hear from anyone who has any information. Call them on 101.