VIDEO: shocking footage shows children playing dangerously close to edge of rooftop

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Shocking footage has emerged showing two young boys playing dangerously close to the edge of a set of Northampton town centre rooftops.

The short clip, which has now gone viral, was filmed by recruitment consult Darren Michael from the window of the Pertemps offices in Abington Street and has been viewed more than 50,000 times online in the space of a day.

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It shows two children in school uniform running across the rooftops of businesses on Abington Street, perilously close to the ledge of a 20-metre drop onto the high street.

Mr Michael revealed: "We were sat just opposite the roof they were jumping on.

"It was a bit scary to witness, I just had this horrible image of them falling off. They were really running fast - that was the worrying thing.

"I think they were playing up to their girlfriends - it certainly seemed like they were being egged on by someone on the ground."

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Mr Michael, who has two children of his own, said people were appealing to the two boys to get down from the rooftops.

He called the police as the incident was taking place yesterday at around 5pm, but the youngsters made their way down via an access stairwell above Cash Converter before officers arrived.