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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 November 2005, 08:19 GMT
Frosty response to church climb
Charles Church in Plymouth
Charles Church is a permanent memorial to the 1941 Blitz
Firefighters in Plymouth had to rescue two teenagers from a church steeple after they climbed up it in freezing weather conditions.

The 19-year-olds managed to climb 70ft (21m) up the ruin of Charles Church and were rescued by fire crews at 0300 GMT.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "They put a lot of other peoples lives at risk by doing this."

The pair were taken into police custody and each fined 80. Temperatures reached about -3C (26.6F) overnight.

The teenagers, from the Mutley area, were each given 80 fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly.

A police spokeswoman said: "It is not the sort of thing anybody should do if they are drunk."

The church was destroyed during the Blitz in 1941. It is now an official permanent monument to the bombing of Plymouth during World War II.

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