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article imageUK police warn of Parkour prosecutions

By Darren Brown     Mar 9, 2012 in Crime
Inverness - Free-running teenagers may face prosecution by police as calls relating to parkour (the sport of free-running) increase in the oldest part of Nairn, near Inverness.
Locals in Nairn are claiming to have seen teenagers, primarily boys, running along rooftops and performing stunts on old buildings.
Free-running is an incredibly dangerous sport, and has increased in recent years as many people attempt to defy the odds and search for an adrenaline rush.
In a recent press release, Northern constabulary express their increasing concerns over "the new craze of street running or parkour." They have increased patrols in the area and are attempting to raise awareness of the dangers involved with the sport.
However, Parkour UK, the national governing body of the sport's administration and progression, claims that the police are wrong to have said that the boys are doing parkour.
They said in an email: "While Parkour is a sport, it is not restricted to being just a sport; it is also a discipline, an art, a philosophy"
They further clarified the qualifications needed for Parkour, "We recommend that all staff should be accredited and appropriately qualified through the National Governing Body for Parkour / Freerunning, Parkour UK (PKUK) following the NGB Coaching Pathway"
Police forces are also supporting Parkour UK with their definition of the sport of free-running, and agrees that it is misrepresented by the media. They claim that it is in fact a recognised sport with qualifications and discipline, and that many believe that anyone can do free-running and push their life and body to the limits without proper training or knowledge of the sport.
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