‘Livewire’ Tim is running free and filming on Derby rooftops – and the police want a word
This petrifying image shows three friends dicing with death above the city centre.
Their antics have been slammed as “extremely dangerous” by one of Derby’s top cops.
The stills, taken from a four-minute video by World Champion freerunner Tim Shieff, show the 24-year-old and two friends teetering along city centre rooftops above 100ft sheer drops.
They begin their death-defying run above the car park at Bennetts department store.
The video shows them running and climbing at speed down narrow ledges above Iron Gate and then on to the roof of the Assembly Rooms, finishing in its car park.
So far, more than 17,000 people have viewed the clip on internet site You Tube.
But Supt Gary Parkin said that the three were flirting with disaster.
He said: “I’m sure that, to the thrill-seekers involved, this freerunning extreme sport is an adrenalin rush.
“But you only have to see the video and the heights at which they are jumping and running to see how extremely dangerous it is. You would suspect that, for people who take part in this sport at such heights, one wrong step would be their last one.”
Mr Shieff, a former student at Landau Forte College in Derby, used to live in Field Close, Littleover, but is now based in London.
He is known as Livewire on the freerunning circuit and he has appeared in TV adverts as well as performed on stage at the Mobo Awards alongside Professor Green and Jessie J.
He decided to try freerunning after watching a Channel 4 TV documentary called Jump Britain in 2005.
After researching the sport, he found a freerunner living in Nottingham and began training with him.
Since then, he has spent hours perfecting his technique, using the city of Derby as his training ground.
In 2007, he went professional and secured sponsorship with Adidas.
After watching the clip, Mr Parkin said he did not believe there were grounds to prosecute the trio for trespass as their actions took place outside, not inside, any buildings.
But he said: “What makes this more dangerous is that one of the three people taking part is doing this freerunning while filming the others on a camera that looks like it is attached to his head. I would imagine this means his concentration levels are not as high as they should be.
“When we track him down, we will speak to him about this incident.”
Councillor Martin Repton, cabinet member for leisure at Derby City Council, said: “It is our understanding that they went over a number of properties in Iron Gate and we are looking to see if we can realistically do anything to deter a recurrence of such dangerous behaviour.”
Mr Shieff was unavailable for comment.