As the latest film in the Spiderman franchise tears up the box office, a group of Melbourne youths are creating real-life stunts of their own.
The group, labelled the Spider-Man gang, have been performing extremely dangerous stunts around the city and posting them to Youtube. Some of the stunts include scaling the edge of buildings such as The Crowne Plaza, The Langham Hotel and the Prima Pearl Tower.
The high-risk stunts have gained media attention, specifically ones involving train surfing, which have often resulted in delays to train schedules.
The group have received a negative reaction from both the media and the public, with the general response on social media being that they are reckless, irresponsible and a danger to themselves and others.
Just like the Spiderman films, the police are not impressed by the daring stunts and are currently investigating the group’s activities. In a statement released by Victoria Police Inspector Darren Cooper, he says the group needs to be stopped before something goes seriously wrong.
“This type of behaviour puts the individual and others at serious risk of injury and potential death, which is something we have seen many times before in these types of incidents,” said Inspector Cooper.
Two young men died in separate incidents this year while performing stunts on moving trains – one from surfing on the top of the train and the other while apparently learning how to perform the stunt. These two people are not believed to have been associated with the Spider-Man group.
The question is now being asked: is it really worth losing your life for two minutes of poorly filmed footage?
Anyone with information on this group is urged to contact Victoria Police on 9247 6666. – Daniel Stringer
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