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New safety campaign to help prevent more river deaths

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers are to take part in a new safety campaign to help prevent further tragedy.

Ben Clarkson, Tyler Pearson and Megan Roberts all died earlier this year.

Now the local police and council are due to announce plans on how to tackle the drinking culture which has been a factor in a number of river related deaths in the city.

Frazer Maude reports:

River safety campaign to address 'underlying issues'

The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new river safety campaign.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the campaign looks to address "underlying issues" such as alcohol that can affect the way people behave around rivers when they are "on a night out".

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Families of victims who drowned in York's river take part in safety campaign

Megan Roberts, Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson all drowned between January and March 2014.

The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new safety campaign.

Megan Roberts, Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson all drowned between January and March 2014.

Their families will now meet with the authorities later this week.

Megan Roberts' mother supports rescue charity

A mother whose daughter drowned in the River Ouse in York is supporting a new rescue charity that she hopes will prevent other families from suffering the same loss.

Jackie Roberts has been campaigning for better river safety since 20-year-old Megan's death.

She is welcoming the plan by York Rescue Boat to raise money for a patrol boat, as well as awareness of the potential dangers of waterways.

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Megan's mother backs River Boat charity

York River Rescue boat will patrol the Ouse

The mother of York student Megan Roberts who drowned in the River Ouse is backing a newly-formed rescue charity. York River Rescue is now raising funds for a boat to patrol the river and help to save lives.

Jackie Roberts, from Wetherby, says she heartily supports the charity which aims to make the rivers of York safer by education and awareness, as well as by providing a patrol and rescue boat.

It's hoped the boat will eventually patrol the river at high risk times of the day and night, such as mid-week student nights, Friday night and Saturday afternoons and nights.

Megan Roberts who drowned in the River Ouse

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River patrols planned after summit

A new patrol scheme is planned for York to ensure the safety of students on nights out, particularly around the City's rivers.

Following the death of Megan Roberts in the River Ouse and Ben Clarkson in the Foss, a meeting was held last night, at which various measures were discussed. This new initiative has come from the Students union at York University.

Students' Union President, Kallum Taylor described the plans:

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York can learn from other cities

A river safety summit is being held in York after the deaths of Megan Roberts and Ben Clarkson.

Megan who was a student in the city fell into the River Ouse after a night out with friends. Ben Clarkson is believed to have drowned in the River Foss as he made his way home.

The summit will look at the erection of barriers and increased CCTV. The role played by alcohol will be a key part of the talks. The North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner says the city can perhaps learn from other areas

River safety summit after two York deaths

Megan Roberts

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is holding the meeting to prevent future incidents following the deaths of Megan Roberts and Ben Clarkson.

Megan's body was found in the River Ouse after she disappeared on a night out with friends.

Ben Clarkson

Ben Clarkson's body was found in the River Foss almost three weeks after he disappeared on a night out.

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