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Police warn of 'tombstoning' dangers

Cumbria Police are continuing to advise people about the dangers of jumping off Devil’s Bridge.

The warmer weather has led to an increase in people jumping of Devils Bridge in Kendal. This is an dangerous activity, as the water level has dropped resulting in more shallow water and an increased risk of hitting rocks and the river bed.

People who take risks such as these are putting their own lives and the lives of the rescue services at risk. Jumping off bridges into the river is completely senseless and dangerous act and could end up tragedy.

I urge people to please consider the consequences of jumping from the bridge, it is not safe and could end up resulting in serious injury. Don’t take the chance it is not worth the risk.

– Inspector David Stalker

Tombstoning warning in Cumbria

Emergency services are warning people about the dangers of jumping off bridges in the warm weather. Council bosses have stepped up patrols at a notorious tombstoning site in Cumbria.

This week footage emerged of people throwing themselves into the water at Devil's Bridge in Kirby Lonsdale - one man faces prosecution after being reported to police allegedly jumping off. This report from Sarah Rogers:

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Patrols stepped up to stop tombstoning

Police and council bosses are stepping up patrols at Devils Bridge, a notorious hotspot for 'tombstoning.' It follows recent reports of people ignoring the safety warnings and the bylaw that prohibits anyone from jumping off the bridge.

On Thursday 11 July, a South Lakeland Enforcement Officer, witnessed a man jumping from the bridge at approximately 2.00pm and reported the matter immediately to the Police. The officer then spoke to the 24 year old man from Lancaster who was reported for contravening a bylaw.

A file will now be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service who will decide what charges might be brought.

"The bylaw is in place for a reason to protect public safety. The sign at Devils Bridge makes it very clear that jumping off the bridge is extremely dangerous and illegal. I hope this action by Cumbria Police will deter other people from putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury. I also reinforce the message that members of the public and the local community must report anyone they see jumping off the bridge to the Police immediately."

– John Barwise, SLDC's Enforcement Officer.

Man faces prosecution for 'tombstoning' on Cumbrian bridge

A man is facing prosecution for allegedly jumping from Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

South Lakeland District Council’s Enforcement Team says it has stepped up patrols at the bridge following recent reports of people ignoring the safety warnings and the bylaw that prohibits anyone from jumping off the bridge.

“The bylaw is in place for a reason to protect public safety. The sign at Devil's Bridge makes it very clear that jumping off the bridge is extremely dangerous and illegal.

"I hope this action by Cumbria Police will deter other people from putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury."

– John Barwise, SLDC’s Enforcement Officer
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Prince Charles visits Cumbria

The Prince of Wales Credit: PA

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is visiting Cumbria today.

Prince Charles will be visiting the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where he will tour the market and local shops, before meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and locals.

He will also pay a visit to St Mary's Church in the town, which dates back to the 12th century.

Man dies after jumping from Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale

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Devil's Bridge over the River Lune is popular with 'tombstoners'

Darrell Teal, 22, died after jumping from Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale. The site is popular with 'tombstoners' - adrenalin-seekers who jump off high bridges vertically straight. Mr Teal's body was found this morning, a short distance downstream from the bridge.

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