YouTube accused of glamourising deadly climbs of derelict buildings
YouTube accused of glamourising deadly games by letting bloggers upload videos of themselves climbing dangerously derelict buildings
- Videos shot at five properties where teens died were found on the video website
- Thomas Rhodes, 19, died in Sheffield last year after falling from abandoned hotel
- The Hallam Tower hotel featured in several urban climbing videos on YouTube
YouTube has been accused of glamourising deadly games by allowing bloggers to share videos of themselves climbing derelict buildings.
Videos shot at five properties where youngsters fell to their deaths were found on the website by The Times.
Thomas Rhodes, 19, of Melton Mowbray , Leicestershire, died in Sheffield last year after falling from an abandoned hotel that has appeared in several YouTube videos.
Thomas Rhodes, 19, of Melton Mowbray , Leicestershire, died in Sheffield last year after falling from an abandoned hotel
The owner of the Hallam Tower building, Blenheim Group, claimed the site was being broken into ‘almost daily’ after being influenced by YouTube videos
The owner of the building, Blenheim Group, claimed the site was being broken into ‘almost daily’ after being influenced by YouTube videos.
The Hallam Tower hotel has since been demolished but videos of youngsters exploring it remain on the site.
Mylo Johnstone, 14, died last July after falling through a roof while climbing around inside an old warehouse in Leeds
Inside the building where Mylo Johnstone died after falling through the roof
Last September 12-year-old Adam Johnson died when he fell through the roof of the disused Aida Bliss factory in Derby.
There are at least six videos on YouTube of bloggers exploring the abandoned building.
Adam Johnson, 12, died when he fell through the roof of the disused Aida Bliss factory in Derby
One shows four youngsters swinging on chains and jumping over pits while clambering around in the run down factory.
Mylo Johnstone, 14, died last July after falling through a roof while climbing around inside an old warehouse in Leeds.
But it hasn’t put off other children from breaking in. In one of the YouTube videos a youngster tells the camera: ‘There was a boy called Mylo and he fell through the roof here.’
Jack Strickland, 19, fell to his death exploring the abandoned Derwent Works factory in Ambergate, Derbyshire, last April.
The run down property appears in a video of a group of youths breaking into it.
The disused Hartford Mill in Oldham is featured in a video showing of a group of urban explorers sitting on its roof and jumping over gaps at dangerous heights.
An 18-year-old died from head injuries at the same building in 2015.
Other videos showing bloggers climbing, running from drug addicts and hiding from police have amassed hundreds of thousands of views on the website.
YouTube’s guidelines prohibit content that encourages dangerous behaviour.
MailOnline has approached YouTube for comment.
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