What is it?
Urban exploration is the exploration of man-made structures and usually abandoned ruins. Photography and videos feature heavily in this activity and may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property.
It has been brought to our attention that a video has been published which shows that this highly dangerous activity is taking place at ‘The Wine Rack’ at the Waterfront in Ipswich.
Chief Inspector Jo Garrard, Head of Suffolk Police Community Safety, said: “Climbing on buildings or engaging in the practice of ‘urban exploration’ are both very dangerous activities and we would strongly warn people against participating in them.
“Not only is there a serious risk of injury or death to those involved, but they could also find themselves prosecuted for causing criminal damage to buildings or property. Exploring commercial properties, even disused ones, can also lead to a prosecution by the property owner.
We would ask parents to warn their children of the implications of such behaviour and appeal to members of the public to contact police on 999 if they witness any incidents of this in progress.”