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PUBLISHED: 17:32 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 August 2010

A THRILL-seeking base jumper is urging authorities to allow the QEII bridge to be used for jumps. Dave Moore, 39, who has jumped more than 400 times around the country, is calling for controlled access to the Dartford Crossing. His plea comes after life

A THRILL-seeking base jumper is urging authorities to allow the QEII bridge to be used for jumps.

Dave Moore, 39, who has jumped more than 400 times around the country, is calling for controlled access to the Dartford Crossing.

His plea comes after lifeboat crews were called to a suspected base jump at about 7.45pm on April 3. After an hour-long search nobody was discovered.

Mr Moore, a member of the UK Pro Base team, said: "This removes the problem of false alarms to all the emergency services and makes it vastly safer for the jumpers by removing the need for stealth and speed.

"A radical idea maybe, but not unique or impossible."

He hopes the scheme could allow experienced jumpers to use the crossing in the early hours of the morning to avoid disrupting traffic.

But the Highways Agency said it was strongly opposed to base jumping. A spokesman said: "Pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge. It is an offence under the Dartford Crossing Act.

"We would not condone any action that was judged to be at risk to others. We operate a safe and reliable network for drivers.

"Anything that might challenge this we certainly would not condone."

A spokesman for Essex police, which is responsible for policing the bridge, said: "Pedestrians are prohibited access to the QEII Bridge. Base jumping off it is illegal.

"We are strongly against this activity, from this or any other bridge."

In 2006 a man was killed base jumping from a 460ft pylon in Swanscombe after his parachute failed to open.

This year a base jumper plunged off the M2 motorway bridge.

Are you a base jumper? Tell us your story.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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