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Security tightened as man scales Victoria Square tree in Belfast

By Cate McCurry

Published 23/12/2015

Stills from video show the man as he climbed the tree
Stills from video show the man as he climbed the tree
Stills from video show the man as he climbed the tree
Stills from video show the man as he climbed the tree

Security and safety measures have been stepped up at Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast after a man scaled a Christmas tree in front of horrified onlookers.

The dangerous incident, which was captured in a video widely shared online, has prompted the shopping centre's management to increase security surrounding the festive fir tree.

The man is thought to have climbed the tree at the weekend.

He can be seen putting his life at risk as he scaled the tree while onlookers jeered and urged him to be careful.

He climbs to the top of the tree in the middle of the shopping centre as friends urge him to be careful, saying "don't fall" while another observer can be heard passing on some advice: "Hold on tight you rocket."

At one moment the man hits a decoration which becomes partially detached from the tree.

He manages to make it back down to the bottom before jumping off and performing a forward roll. Witnesses also say that he had a cigarette in his mouth throughout the manoeuvre.

It's the second time someone has scaled the Victoria Square tree after a man was caught doing the same last Christmas.

The PSNI said they had not received any reports regarding the incident.

Victoria Square centre manager Michelle Greeves commented: "At this busy festive time we always put customer safety to the forefront, so we have put extra measures in place to ensure that we continue to do so."

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council said: "The council's health and safety team can discuss health and safety issues with the centre as part of its remit in providing a free safety and environmental advice service to all small businesses in Belfast City Council area."

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