VIDEO: Residents reeling as freerunners vault into town

THE craze of freerunning has come to Wisbech - leaving residents reeling and asking what can be done to stop them.

The acrobatic activity also known as Parkour involves using often urban landscapes as an assault course for flips, rolls, jumps and vaults.

And now freerunners, or rather a freerunner who goes by the name of Slava P, has been uploading videos of his Wisbech stunts to Youtube racking up more than 1,500 views.

Set to music and smoothly edited, Slava, believed to be from Latvia, leaps from roof to roof above busy streets before performing somersaults outside the old register office and even the police station.

The videos are typical of the daring nature of these versatile street athletes.

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But some residents say the runners, also known as traceurs, are a nuisance.

Lucy Harrison lives in John F Kennedy Court, Wisbech, with her nan, Phyllis Cole.

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For a couple of years they have been plagued by freerunners practising on disabled ramps and garages outside their home.

“Nan went outside once and confronted them. They said ‘ha ha, see you tomorrow’ so nan went to the police station to try and get the problem sorted,” said Lucy.

“They send a PCSO round at the time they usually come and that stopped it for a while but they soon returned.

“I recognise one of them very well. Once I walked outside and he jumped off the wall opposite our house and onto the ramp railing. I said ‘what are you doing?’ and he just carried on.”

Six months later, Lucy saw him on crutches and thought that might stop him - but it did not.

She added: “He’s wasting professional time and money to break his leg while creating a nuisance.

“I don’t know what can be done to stop them.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said officers were aware of the freerunners and were working with Fenland District Council to prevent it from happening.

The spokesman added: “Anyone with information should contact Wisbech Police Station on 101.”

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