VIDEO: Transport bosses slam 'dangerous' Angel escalator prankster shown on film sliding down handrail
PUBLISHED: 18:06 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:27 16 February 2016
Transport bosses have ticked off a “dangerous” prankster who slid down escalators in Angel Tube station as part of a “laddish” dare.
The video, which has been shared widely on Facebook, sees Matt Weeks, 30, slide down the escalator after being jeered on by friends.
Dressed in a pink polo shirt, he slides down the metal slope before smacking straight into a sign that reads “please stand on the right”.
The man then tumbles headfirst down the escalator with a sickening crash whilst his friends erupt in laughter.
Mark Evers, director of customer strategy for London Underground, said: “Safety is our top priority and pranks like this are dangerous for not only those involved but also to other customers.
“We have frequent PA announcements reminding customers to be careful when using escalators and we also run safety campaigns throughout the year to encourage customers to take care whilst travelling on our network.”
Film of the prank has been viewed more than 45,000 times since it was uploaded on Friday.
David Bailey, 27, who shot the video, told the Gazette: “It was a spur of the moment thing. It was literally a spontaneous idea and was typical laddish behaviour.
“He [Matt Weeks] had nothing major, just minor bumps and bruises but no broken bones.
“The station managers came out with a first aid kit, the 100 or so people on the other side of the escalator were just amazed and shocked.”
Responding to TfL’s statement that the prank was dangerous, he admitted: “I would imagine. I wouldn’t advise anyone else to do it.”