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A step too far? – Hartlepool photographer slammed for scaling 350ft Forth Bridge to take incredible images

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A DAREDEVIL photographer who put her life on the line to scale a 350ft railway bridge has had her stunt slammed as “stupid and dangerous”.

This daring image from the top of Forth Bridge, in Scotland, is the work of adventurous Lucinda Grange, a Hartlepool photographer who travels the world fearlessly snapping pictures from the peak of some of the world’s tallest buildings.

But the shot has now sparked controversy with Network Rail criticising Lucinda for climbing the bridge illegally.

They say anybody who is caught trespassing on the Scottish landmark will be prosecuted.

A spokesman told the Mail: “It’s trespassing, it’s dangerous and it’s just plain stupid.

“The bridge is a working structure used by more than 200 trains day and night.

“You can’t get on the structure from ground level, the only way is to go via the railway line.

“There’s no such thing as an adventure photographer, this is just stupid.”

Lucinda, 25, is a former Cleveland College of Art and Design student who now has her own studio in Church Street, in the town.

She previously featured in the Mail along side some of her daring images including one shot from the top of an Egyptian pyramid and another after she climbed the Notre Dame, in Paris, to take a picture of the city from the roof of the famous building.

She’s also been photographed in a ballgown on top of the Chrysler Building, in New York.

She previously told the Mail how Hollywood scriptwriters were looking at the adventures to see if they could be made into a film.

But Network Rail says anyone who is caught trespassing on the Forth Bridge and other such landmarks will face prosecution and have urged nobody else to attempt anything like Lucinda’s latest stunt.

Network Rail recently revealed plans to open the bridge to the public with lifts which would take people to the top of the 360ft towers.

The spokesman said: “We have recently finished a refurbishment and had to install lifts which were used by the engineers and we are now looking at plans to keep the lifts open and create a public viewing experience.

“But that would be done in a very controlled manner.”

Lucinda, who lives and grew up in Blackhall and attended Wellfield Community School, in Wingate, was unable to comment on Network Rail’s response to the stunt yesterday.

After scaling the heights of the pyramid in Egypt last year, Lucinda told the Mail at the time: “People ask why I do it and it’s because when you climb something like this you feel far more connected to the landscape.

“If you’re behind a cage or surrounded shoulder to shoulder with other tourists, it’s just not the same.”

 

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