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Sculpture Climber Handed Curfew

Tuesday June 18 2013


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A MAN who scaled the 33ft-high sculpture outside Barnsley Town Hall has said he would have done it even if he had not had a drink and snorted cocaine.

Bradley Wollerton, 33, who was cheered by a crowd of 1,000, said it was 'a bit of a dare and fun thing to do.'

He made the admission in an interview with probation officer Rita Dyson at Barnsley Magistrates' Court, where he was given an eight-week curfew.

She said Wollerton had several pints on the way into town and took the drug when he got there.

"Mr Wollerton had been out since 4pm and he and his friends were talking about the sculpture," she said. "He said climbing it became a bit of a dare and a fun thing to do.

"He said he would have climbed it if he had not had a drink or taken the cocaine."

Claire McCullion, prosecuting, said the part-time domestic appliance engineer was near the top of the sculpture when the police arrived.

She said Wollerton, of Lancaster Street, Barnsley was swaying slightly as he climbed down.

He admitted being drunk and disorderly and possession of cocaine. He was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by Liam on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 13:01
haha the police are a joke really getting done for climbing on something what's next getting arrested for farting in public

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 13:33
Liam, as it says in the article he was charged with being drunk and disorderly and in possesion of cocaine, not for climbing.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 14:06
yep unfortunatly you can't be charged for being an idiot. shame he didn't fall on his head really.

Reply Posted by flapper on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 16:20
Look at it this way guys, at least the climber used it for something...just proving its not as useless as we thought. I reckon it might even be used agian you know.

Reply Posted by jemimapuddleduck on Thursday June 20 2013 at 08:41
At least he kept the crowd entertained and at least the sculpture had a purpose for a change leave him alone and to the person who wrote he ort to have fallen on his head you ort to be ashamed of yourself.

Reply Posted by maxine on Thursday June 20 2013 at 08:57
disorderly includes climbing or doing anything out of the 'norm'... I'm more concerned at the drug culture in Barnsley, which does seem to be the norm :/

Reply Posted by oomaga on Saturday June 22 2013 at 21:08
what else was it going to be used for ? we got it just incase gulliver came to town i guess and needed to brush his hair :)

Reply Posted by danny mcphee on Saturday June 22 2013 at 21:22
Good on you. Great achievement! Shows that everything shouldn't be as serious n uptight!

Reply Posted by Rog on Saturday June 22 2013 at 21:30
I was born in Barnsley 1n 1961 and have lived here for most of it...followed the Reds for 45 years, its not a great place to be anymore...and im glad we are leaving....

Reply Posted by Swifty on Saturday June 22 2013 at 22:52
Well I think the courts have dealt with this man within there guidelines. Surely the Lunatic that designed this eyesore and the Tw@t that signed the cheque to pay for it should be receiving special treatment at Rampton top Security unit.

Reply Posted by Anon on Saturday June 22 2013 at 23:02
Who's bright idea was it to put a giant ladder in a town full of cretins anyway!

Reply Posted by les on Saturday June 29 2013 at 22:31
I saw it today for the first time.
What a heap of crap.
Thats not art unless you have cataracts.or are blind .
I think it should be turned into a masserati
or cell to put its creator in...