Lancashire

Teens take Blackpool Pleasure Beach rollercoaster joyride

The Blue Flyer Image copyright Google
Image caption The Blue Flyer, in the foreground, was built in 1934

Two teenagers took an early-hours rollercoaster joyride after breaking in to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

The pair climbed over locked gates to take control of the theme park's Blue Flyer ride shortly after 04:00 BST.

They flicked the switch and took a trip on the 82-year-old ride before they also raided a cafe, the Blackpool Gazette reported.

A 15-year-old boy was given a community resolution order following Friday's break-in.

Image copyright Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Image caption The two teenagers were on the ride for up to 30 minutes

A statement from Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: "They managed to operate the ride some time before security patrols discovered them at 04:50.

"From CCTV footage we understand the intruders were at the ride for up to 30 minutes.

"During this time two youths can be seen on the ride."

The statement added: "Following the break-in, the ride has been fully inspected and is operational and open to the public."

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Image caption The youths also broke into a Blackpool Pleasure Beach cafe

The Blue Flyer, based in the Nikelodeon Land section of the theme park, is a wooden rollercoaster designed for children.

Built in 1934, the ride lasts for 90 seconds and travels at a top speed of 15mph.

Community resolution orders are a way of dealing with low level crimes which do not result in the offender going to court or receiving a criminal record, Lancashire Police said.

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