Horror ‘lift surfing’ trend sees UK kids risk death in elevator shafts for views

Young British kids are risking their lives in a deadly new trend that involves "surfing" on top of lifts.

The dangerous craze sees children as young as ten clamber through gaps to get on top of moving elevator shafts.

Adrenaline junkies can access the lift roofs and emergency controls using equipment that sells for as cheap as £3 on eBay.

In clips posted to social media, thrill-seekers shown in Southend, Essex and Ashford, Kent are seen showing off and giving advice to followers, reports The Sun.

One child, whose voice is yet to break, boasts to his subscribers: “Today we’ll be talking about my new triangle key which I’ve just bought.

“It’s used for lift surfing. I hope you love going on top of lifts because that’s going to be our new thing."

Now, experts have warned of the terrifying risks endured by ‘lift-surfers’ – including plunging to their death from a great height and electrocution.

Nick Mellor, from the Lift and Escalator Industry Association, said: ”Lifts have many safety features aimed at keeping the public and those working on lifts safe – engineers work according to safe working procedures.

“Lift engineers would never surf a lift – they understand the risks and what can happen.

“The problem of lift surfing has grown in recent years as videos posted on social media have gained popularity.

“We have complained to YouTube about some videos we have seen but with no effect.

"They should take action when they receive complaints about such obviously dangerous activities shown openly on their site.”

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And a top fireman, Mark Hardingham, from the National Fire Chiefs Council, slammed the behaviour as “foolish”.

"Not only is it putting children at risk of serious or life changing injuries,” he said.

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“It could also take firefighters and other emergency services away from other life-saving activities.

“This will have an impact on our valuable resources, which are already stretched.

"This is senseless and could potentially encourage others to take part in this mindless activity.

"I would urge those even considering this, to think twice about this foolish course of action and the impacts on not only themselves, but also others."

The Daily Star has contacted YouTube for comment.

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