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Written Question on Extreme Sports: Urban Areas

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Date Title Questioner
2 Nov 2017, 5:22 p.m. Extreme Sports: Urban Areas Neil Coyle


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce provisions for bringing prosecutions against urban climbers and base jumpers who access tall buildings and major tourist attractions.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The police have a range of powers to deal with criminal activity, which includes public order offences, aggravated trespass and anti-social behaviour. There are also measures that can be taken to combat trespass through civil courts. When criminal activity does occur, the decision whether to arrest individuals is an operational matter for the police in line with their duties to keep the peace, to protect communities, and to prevent the commission of offences.

The Home Office keep the available police powers under constant review and work closely with National Police Leads to ensure they are fit for purpose and allow the police to respond appropriately to a range of offences.

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