Don’t be a plank

One of the more dangerous locations to decide to plank - on the roof of Maisondieu School
One of the more dangerous locations to decide to plank - on the roof of Maisondieu School

Have you ever dreamt of acting like a plank of wood? Well that is exactly what the latest craze spreading across the country allows you to do, however, Tayside Police have issued a warning to everyone considering taking part in the activity of planking.

Planking is the act of lying face down with your arms to your side in an unusual location whilst having your photo taken.

Pictured is one of the safer locations to plank - on the ground at Glebe Park.

Pictured is one of the safer locations to plank - on the ground at Glebe Park.

The craze has now hit Brechin with people planking in “fun” locations such as the pitch at Glebe Park, or in potentially dangerous locations such as the roof of Maisondieu Primary School, on top of a telephone box, on the middle of the road or even along the wall on cemetery bridge.

Facebook even has its own dedicated page for Brechin’s plankers which has over 100 “likes”.

Although planking can be seen as being fun there are potentially life threatening consequences should something go wrong.

A spokesman for Tayside Police issued a warning to anyone who may want to take part in this new craze said: “Clearly there are inherent dangers associated with this type of behaviour.

“We would appeal to anyone who is thinking of participating in this perilous activity, to consider the possible consequences should they slip or fall.

“The belief that it’ll never happen to you is flawed.

“Tragic accidents can and do happen to people when they unnecessarily put themselves in harm’s way.

“They should consider the heartache that is caused to family and friends in the event of someone dear to them suffering fatal or life-altering injuries.

“These types of foolhardy actions also have the potential to put other’s lives at risk, not just members of the emergency services in the event of their being called to assist, but people close by who might step forward to help someone who is in difficulty.”