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Teenagers who practise parkour in Ashford have responded to the story on the front page of this week’s Kentish Express.

They say the urban craze, which involves jumping or climbing over obstacles,

is not dangerous if people are properly trained.

On Tuesday, police spoke to three youngsters who were dangling off Edinburgh Road multi-storey car park in Ashford and described their stunts as “suicidal”.

One of the youths was taken home by police in the Hawkeye surveillance van after he thought it was funny that officers had stopped them.

But Tyler Perkins, 15, is one of several teenagers who regularly practise parkour in the town.

He and his friends have come forward to warn novices of the risks of the urban craze and to urge them to do it in a safe way.

To listen to Tyler telling Sarah Marshall about parkour, watch the video above.

Parkour - the facts

• People who practise parkour are known as traceurs

• Parkour involves jumping or climbing over obstacles

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