Skatepark safety is key say user group

The skate park in Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough.
The skate park in Anchorage Lane, Sprotbrough.

A GROUP which represents young skateboarders and BMXers has been warning its members to be extra vigilant after two violent robberies.

Steve Gratton, chairman of the Area 51 group, has been contacting young people through facebook to offer advice on what to do if armed thieves try to take their bikes following an attack on a 17-year-old last week on his way to the park.

He said: “We have just under 1,000 users on facebook so we have been warning them about the dangers of these two men.

“We have told them not to try and fight these people as they may have weapons and it isn’t worth risking it for a bike.”

Last week the Free Press reported how two attacks had taken place this month for bikes - one where a teenager was struck around his skull, and a second where another teenager was threatened at knife point.

Area 51 representatives have spent the last few years campaigning for CCTV and extra lighting to be installed, Mr Gratton added. They have even raised the money to install the extra security measures, but have not been able to secure permission to install them.

The robberies took place near York Road and on the TransPennine Trail.