Planking concerns, Gladstone
Police in Gladstone are disappointed with the behaviour of some residents after some concerning incidents involving a recreational activity known as ‘planking’.
Planking is an activity where participants lie flat on their stomach in different environments. They take photos of their efforts, which are then shared amongst fellow plankers.
A 20-year-old Gladstone man was issued with a Notice to Appear last night for Found on Police Establishment Without Lawful Excuse when he was allegedly found ‘planking’ on a police vehicle.
Gladstone police are concerned the risks some people are taking could result in injury and criminal charges.
Sergeant Matthew Russell from Gladstone Police says that the activity, while lighthearted, is creating dangerous situations.
“The activity is potentially dangerous, as proponents of the movement try to out-do each other by planking on structures and in precarious positions, putting themselves and others at risk of harm,” Sergeant Russell said.
“Also, entering a property or premises, for any reason, without permission is trespassing, and anyone caught doing this will be charged.”
Offenders caught in these dangerous situations can also be charged with Unauthorised High Risk Activity.
"While we appreciate the activity is light-hearted fun, putting yourself and others at risk and breaking the law will not be tolerated."
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
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