POLICE have warned Bedale Town Council that youths climbing on a specially built park shelter are making it unstable.

The shelter in Bedale Hall Park was put up specially for young people. But police reported to the town council that there have been several incidents of youths climbing on top of it. The council is now calling in contractors to check the shelter to ensure it is safe.

They are also asking them to investigate coating the shelter in special anti climbing paint. Police representatives said the youths are not necessarily committing an offence unless the shelter is damaged.

Councillor John Noone said:"It may not be an offence but if one of them falls it could be our responsibility."

The authority agreed to ask for the shelter to be coated in the special paint which does not dry out and to put up warning signs.