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Campaign to warn about tombstoning a success

A campaign this summer to warn people about the dangers of tombstoning has been hailed a success.

Lots of supporters backed the Safer Portsmouth Partnerships campaign, including Sonny Wells. He jumped off of South Parade Pier in 2008 and was unfortunately paralysed.

He let the campaign use a picture of him in intensive care, to warn others about the dangers of tombstoning.

All secondary schools displayed the poster of Sonny, as well as using video links and social media to get the message across.

Councillor Rod Wood said, "The dispersal order we put in place in May 2013 was to try and ensure that the area stayed safe and pleasant for all age groups."

Organisations who were part of the campaign included:

  • Portsmouth City Council's Community Wardens
  • CCTV team
  • Hampshire Constabulary Police Officers
  • MOD Police
  • National Coast Watch
  • H.M. Coastguard
  • Queens Harbour Master
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Hampshire Fire Rescue Service
  • Isle of Wight Ferry

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