WATCH: Duo hide and get locked in Maidstone Leisure Centre before leaping off diving boards in the dark
PUBLISHED: 17:06 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 22 September 2017
Warning: There’s some bad language in the video
A video showing two men larking around in Maidstone Leisure Centre after hiding from staff so they could be locked inside the venue has already been viewed more than 160,000 times online.
The duo hid as staff closed up for the night and then filmed themselves hurling themselves off the diving board, parading on a podium and splashing about in the pool in what they describe as “night swimming”.
They claim to have been in the centre for “between 45 minutes to an hour” before they triggered an alarm and staff arrived to find out what was happening.
The incident occured last Thursday night and a video of their antics subsequently uploaded to Facebook was uploaded over the weekend.
Daniel Jarvis, 27, from Gravesend, one of those involved, is certainly no stranger to such stunts.
His videos uploaded to his website Trollstation include him evading security at the Aquatics Centre in London and running naked onto a diving board during a major competition which featured the likes of Olympic star Tom Daley two years ago.
And last year he was jailed along with fellow pranksters for staging a fake art heist that caused a stampede at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
He’s also done similiar “night swimming” at leisure centres in Gravesend and Gillingham.
He told KentNews this week: “ It was a bit of a laugh. It’s not the first time we’ve done this sort of thing.
“We just hid until they’d locked up and then started larking around. We were jumping off diving boards and all sorts.
“When we’d finished we must have accidentally triggered an alarm and staff arrived to find us inside. One looked terrified. Another recognised us from a previous video from when we’d been in one of the other Kent leisure centres.
“They called the police but there’s nothing they can do. We’re not breaking and entering as we were locked in. And trespassing isn’t a criminal case so there was nothing they could do.
“Afterwards we went to a pizza place nearby and a police car turned up. We assumed they were going to speak to us but all they wanted was a pizza - but we were a bit anxious for a moment.”
James Reynolds, manager of Maidstone Leisure Centre said: “This kind of mindless behaviour is utterly irresponsible and shows complete disrespect for our staff who were seeking to safely close the pool. It has no place at our community facility and will not be tolerated. We have provided details of the incident to the police.”