Brits arrested for climbing 25th April Bridge

Lisbon commuters raise alarm

25th April Bridge

Various media outlets report that five young British people have been prevented from accessing the 25th April Bridge in Lisbon.

The group was arrested on Monday after authorities were alerted by commuters to the fact that people were climbing the metal structure.

The group were scaling the 190-metre ‘pillar 3’ of the iconic 25th April Bridge, with no safety equipment. Going by the name of Daringducky69 on Instagram, they were fully aware what they were doing was hugely risky and illegal. But as Parkour enthusiasts, this was part of the adrenaline rush.

Parkour, according to Wikipedia, “is an athletic training discipline in which practitioners attempt to get from point A to point B in the most fluid way possible, without assisting equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible”.

They posted online: “25 de Arbil bridge. Arrested for 35+ hours, strip searched, GoPro seized and sent to court. First-ever trip out of the UK and very nearly landed in prison…”

The Portugal Resident reports “Who are these young men? What happened to them in court? for the time being, we don’t know many more details”.

The last ‘news’ in Correio da Manhã yesterday was that they were due to appear before a magistrate on the day they had their departure flights booked.

The 25th April Bridge, also known as 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril in Portuguese) is the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It has two levels, the upper level is for cars and the lower, which was added in 1999 is for trains.

The overpass took 45 months to build. It was inaugurated on the 6 August 1966 and was named Salazar Bridge, after António de Oliveira Salazar, dictator of Portugal until 1974. After the Carnation Revolution that took place on 25 April 1974 and Salazar’s regime was overturned, the Bridge was given the name of 25th of April.

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