FOOTAGE of a man stupidly risking his life by sliding down a building site rubbish chute in Inverness city centre has been viewed more than 18,000 times online.
The man, who was with two pals, jumped over barriers in Academy Street before climbing up scaffolding about 20-25ft off the ground.
The film shows him at the top of the chute, preparing to lower himself in, and he is next seen emerging from a giant skip at the bottom. Another of his friends dangles from the skip itself to film his daredevil antics, while the third keeps an eye on the surrounding street.
The stupid stunt was captured on camera phone by passer-by Chris Lemon who could not believe what he was seeing.
During the footage, sirens can be heard and one of the men shouts a warning that police are on their way.
It has since emerged that officers managed to track the group down and, according to a spokesman, warned them "about their conduct and the dangers of such behaviour."
Mr Lemon, who owns the Inverness Gigs website, said: "I was on my way back from XpoNorth and, as I was walking past the Ironworks, I noticed there was a few people around watching them.
"I didn’t really know what I was looking at when I started filming – it was a significant drop into the skip and I didn’t think he would jump."
However, he was shocked to see the man use the chute as a slide.
"You see him disappear at the top and pop out in the skip so he wasn’t injured, but it was a wee bit stupid," said Mr Lemon.
"It was just after the football and they seemed drunk – they sounded English, so I don’t think they were local."
He said he was surprised the video was shared so widely after he posted it on his own Facebook page, clocking up more than 18,000 views so far.
"Absolutely don’t do this at home!" he said.
Community safety manager at Inverness Business Improvement District (Bid), John MacDonald, found out about the incident after it went online and quickly contacted the company carrying out work on the building, William Gray Construction.
"We made them aware of the behaviour it was attracting and they immediately put in measures to remedy it," he said.
He said the firm had removed part of the chute to make it less appealing to would-be daredevils.
He also appealed to the public to respect signage around building works, adding: "It was foolhardy behaviour because they had no way of knowing what was in the bottom of the skip, it could have been extremely dangerous and we are lucky that no-one was hurt."