Police are investigating ‘lift surfing’ videos posted from Morecambe Travelodge

Police have launched an investigation after a series of ‘lift surfing’ videos were posted online – believed to have been filmed at hotels in Lancashire.

Shared on a Youtube channel under the name RYEGI, the footage shows the inside of an elevator shaft and appears to have been filmed by someone sitting at the top of the elevator. Images purportedly taken at the Morecambe Travelodge were posted three days ago and have been viewed 146 times.

The Youtube channel describes the content as “Lift surfing, Skyscrapers, Urban Exploring and more”.

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Lancashire Police have confirmed they are investigating the Morecambe incident. Investigations are ongoing after damage was caused in the incident.

In the video, the YouTuber appears to be filming himself descending the elevator while the automated voice can be heard in the background. The voice announces that the doors are opening, and that the elevator will go up.

The elevator goes up the elevator, before it cuts inside the box. The elevator then descends three floors.

The view towards the elevator shaft

The description of the video reads: “In this video I injured my finger! LIFT SURFING AT MORECAMBE TRAVELODGE: This lift serves 5 floors.

“WARNING: Do NOT copy the activities you see in my videos. The dangers of lift surfing involve crushing, electrocution, entrapment, serious injury, and death. There are many other significant dangers, this not are just a few examples. Watching videos online will never show the full extent of the dangers involved.”

A Travelodge spokesperson said: “We take the safety of our guests and staff very seriously and have implemented strict elevator security measures.

“The perpetrators of this VT illegally entered the elevator shaft and we will report this incident to the police for further investigation.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We are investigating a burglary at Morecambe Travel Lodge where an offender entered the premises as an intruder and forced his way through an entrance door to the elevator shaft.

“The offender filmed himself on the roof of the elevator. Damage was caused and investigations are ongoing.”


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