ENGLISH Heritage has responded after shocking pictures emerged showing youths scaling Barnard Castle tower earlier this week.

The firm which runs the County Durham landmark and tourist attraction branded the actions as "dangerous" as they criticised their actions.

Read more: 'They could kill themselves': Shock as youths risk their lives to scale Barnard Castle tower

It comes as residents outraged by the pictures have urged English Heritage to take more action in order to help prevent tragedy.

The Northern Echo:

Juliet Fellows-Smith, Barnard Castle Property Manager, told The Northern Echo: “It’s of real concern to us that this trespass incident has taken place at Barnard Castle, the individual involved has put themself in considerable danger.

"We are in touch with the police and are immediately looking at any further security measures we can implement.

"Sadly Barnard Castle has been a target for antisocial behaviour in recent years, but we are working closely with the police to manage illegal access and deter entry.

"Incidents of this nature are not only dangerous and illegal, but they take our charity’s precious resources away from the conservation of the historic properties in our care.”


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