Safety plea over deadly 'game' in Romford car park
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 May 2016
Shocking images showing children hanging from the third storey of a town centre car park have provoked a safety investigation.
A resident who lives beside the car park in Ducking Stool Court, Romford, captured the teenagers dangling from the top floor, in a bid to highlight the dangerous behaviour.
In the photograph, one of the children is holding on with one hand, whilst another grips to the railings with no other support.
The resident complained over persistent bad behaviour and called for a security guard to be installed on site permanently.
In the past, it is claimed shopping trolleys have been thrown from the top floor by group of youths running “amok” in the car park, which is open 24 hours a day.
A Romford police officer said they had received “several” reports of anti-social behaviour.
Pc Rosie Bennett told the Recorder: “Ducking Stool Court is within the ring road and therefore covered by Romford Town Centre team’s regular patrols.
“Since receiving several reports of anti-social behaviour, we have been paying closer attention to the car park itself.”
Brian Parker, managing director at Britannia Parking which owns the Romford site, said the firm was investigating.
He said: “We appreciate and share the concerns about the Romford car park, especially regarding school children on the site, which is private property.
“A full internal investigation and review of security is under way with immediate effect, and we will be looking to liaise closely with police.
“We also intend to engage with local schools and are keen to encourage parents to speak to their children about safety and security at the car park.
“The car park has surveillance cameras, which are monitored around the clock.
“There is an attendant on duty at specific times who is aware of safety issues and will be informing the police of any incidents.
“We have no evidence regarding specific concerns about shopping trolleys, but our staff will take extra steps to monitor this and again will liaise with police about any incidents.”