Teen hurt in multi-storey car park plunge vows to quit ‘free running’

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A TEENAGE free runner who suffered serious injuries when he plunged from a multi-storey car park in Burnley last week has vowed to give up his hobby, according to his dad.

Kyle Bailey (17), who lives in Padiham, is recovering in the Royal Blackburn Hospital following the horror fall from the Millennium Car Park on Tuesday.

He sustained a broken leg, sprained both his wrists, has a bruised and swollen head and back injuries and is not due to be released from hospital for weeks.

But his dad Mr Simon Bailey, of Kime Street, Burnley, said Kyle is lucky to be alive and said the reality of what could have happened is starting to sink in.

“I think over the last few days Kyle has started to realise how lucky he was. He can’t remember what happened, it’s all very vague. The only thing he can remember is his brother standing over him looking worried and telling him not to move. Kyle said he’s not going to do it again.”

And Mr Bailey urged young people who want to practice the daredevil sport, which involves acrobatics, to do so in a safe environment,: “There are places you can go to train. Kyle’s brother Joshua (16) had already been for a few lessons so I knew he was doing it but I didn’t know Kyle was doing it too. I don’t think young people realise the dangers, you don’t when you are that age.

Kyle plunged 15ft. from a ledge on the top of the car park onto one of the floors below. Just weeks ago one of his friends shattered both his legs in a similar accident.

When he is discharged from hospital Mr Bailey said Kyle will be going to stay with his grandma who lives in a bungalow to make it easier for him to get around.

“He might not have been here. He’s very very lucky. I think we are all in shock at the moment thinking about what could have happened.”