Baptist Chapel, Bolton Road, Darwen and India Mill Chimney
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THREE men put their lives at risk by scaling a 279ft chimney for kicks in the dead of night.
Their ascent of Darwen’s India Mill was carried out with few safety precautions.
They weren’t wearing helmets, were only roped together on the ladders fixed to the side of the mill and part of their stunt involved ‘free climbing’.
Last night the group was condemned as reckless with one councillor saying they should be facing a jail sentence.
But the men insisted they were not ‘teenage, drunken vandals’, and said they carried out detailed preparations.
They call themselves urban explorers, a term describing people who examine off-limits urban areas or industrial facilities.