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Vandals set fire to community centre

One of the only Parkour arenas in the South West has been destroyed after vandals set it on fire.

The Park Community Centre in Knowle was used by hundreds of people across the area each year and had been specifically designed for people to practice.

But, thanks to the fire, the area has now been left unsafe to use, leaving many without somewhere to go.

Toby Meyjes took this video.

It is thought that the blaze was started deliberately, and it has ruined at least a quarter of the rubber surface.

Parkour involves moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.

Free Your Instinct, a Parkour charity, was just weeks away from starting running lessons at the arena. It is is the only charity in the UK which provides free Parkour sessions for people with mental health issues.

We had a call at 16.59 on Tuesday, August 12 to a play area in Daventry Road, Knowle.

Rubber matting was affected by fire. One crew attended from Bedminster and the cause is thought to be deliberate.

We have informed the police.

– Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A campaign to keep the arena can be found here.

Eden Project features in new parkour video

Two of the world’s best freerunners have been hitting new heights at Cornwall's Eden Project for a new video.

Tim “Livewire” Shieff and Pip “Piptrix” Andersen spent two days at Eden performing parkour tricks in the project’s Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as well as taking to the colourful outdoor landscape.

The film focuses on the new Rainforest Aerial Walkway and ends on a spectacular shot of the Tim and Pip performing backflips and somersaults on the roof of the giant Rainforest Biome.

A warning not to try to recreate any of the stuns seen in this video:

Credit: Eden Project TV

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