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Don’t climb on construction cranes, police warn

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2017

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A firefighter works to rescue a woman stuck atop a construction crane on Wellesley Street near Yonge Street on April 26, 2017. Photo credit: Steve Russell/Toronto Star
York regional police can’t believe they have to say this, but: Don’t climb on construction cranes.

Police said Monday they are seeing an increase in the number of calls for people trespassing on construction sites and climbing cranes.

“Gravity is not going to be your friend,” Const. Andy Pattenden said in a YouTube video.

“There’s obvious dangers associated with climbing cranes that are 10, 12, 13 storeys tall … it will result in serious injury and or death.”

Police said in two separate incidents on May 22, six youths had scaled a crane at a construction site. All 12 youths are now facing charges, and police called their parents to pick them up.

On May 27, a 22-year-old man from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville was charged with mischief for climbing a crane. And on June 11, two 16-year-olds were charged with mischief.

All these incidents came after the highly-public ‘Crane Girl’ climb in April. Marisa Lazo is charged with mischief and is free on bail.

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