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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

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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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River safety priority for North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner

After the deaths of Megan Roberts and Ben Clarkson in York, a summit is going to be held about river safety.

The deaths of Ben Clarkson and Megan Roberts have highlighted concerns about river safety

Ben's body was found in the River Foss on Friday, while Megan's was found in the Ouse. North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan is holding the meeting to prevent future incidents.

She said:

"The desperately sad events of recent weeks have again highlighted the need to do everything possible to keep people safe.

"A great deal of excellent work is ongoing, from the City Council to voluntary groups, but there are always opportunities to achieve more by working together.

"Alcohol has tended to be a common theme in contributing to risk and this will no doubt be part of our discussions. Not only that, but we need to reassure residents, students and visitors that York - including its fantastic rivers - are as safe as can be."

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