Free runner prosecuted for criminal damage in Horsham

As part of the community resolution, he is required to attend a meeting about to discuss the impact free running

As part of the community resolution, he is required to attend a meeting about to discuss the impact free running

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A Horsham man caught doing parkour has been given a community resolution for criminal damage.

On the afternoon of Friday, August 26, officers were on duty in the town centre when they became aware of two men on the roofs of buildings in West Street.

One of them was seen to break approximately three tiles as he performed a manoeuvre on the rooftop of The Works, police say, before causing more damage to the same structure shortly afterwards.

PC James Munden gained access to the scene, where he spoke to the free runners about the damage he had witnessed, while PCSO Andy Reed watched on from a nearby car park which had been used by the officers as a vantage point.

On Wednesday, October 26, a 24-year-old man from Horsham was issued with a community resolution for criminal damage, and ordered to pay £200 in compensation.

As part of the community resolution, he is required to attend a meeting about to discuss the impact free running on businesses and residents in the town.

PC Munden, of the Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “While free running is not a criminal offence generally, individuals can be prosecuted if they commit an offence while doing so, such as criminal damage or antisocial behaviour.

“The activity is an ongoing issue in Horsham and some other parts of Sussex, and it is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. It’s an issue which has blighted businesses and residents in Horsham town centre for several years, and a number of retailers have had to fund repairs to their roofs due to leaks caused by broken tiles.

“I hope this serves as a warning to others about the risks associated with free running, and sends out the message that we will continue to respond to reports of free running and take robust action against offenders accordingly.”

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