Urban explorers ‘lift surf’ in Forton service station tower

Posted on - 23rd January, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Transport, Videos

A video has emerged showing urban explorers breaking into Pennine Tower at Lancaster Services and riding on top of the lift.


The grade II listed tower, on the M6 Northbound, previously housed the restaurant but has been closed for many years.

Last month the explorers – known only as Ben and Jordan – posted the video on YouTube showing their exploits.

Using a lift key, the pair overrode a safety lock to access the first and second floors of Pennine Tower.

At one point they climbed on top of a lift and ‘surfed’ up the lift shaft.

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Moto Hospitality Ltd, who own the tower, have called for the video to be removed.

A spokesman said: “We are appalled by the irresponsible behaviour demonstrated by the two young men who illegally entered the disused Pennine Tower building at our Lancaster service area on the M6.

“The Tower has been closed to the public for a number of years and kept locked to prevent exactly this kind of imprudent action.

“By breaking in and riding on top of the lift they put not only their own lives at risk but potentially those of the people who would be sent to rescue them in the event of an accident.

“We are in the process of making changes to the Tower access which we believe will prevent this type of incident occurring again.

“We have also asked You Tube to remove the video on the grounds that it portrays a crime and are awaiting their response.”

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