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Bath's student population warned of river dangers

Students are being warned about the dangers of the River Avon Credit: ITV News

Bath's large student population is being warned of the dangers of the city's river following the discovery of a teenager's body in the water this week.

Sam Amin's body was recovered on Tuesday and two thousand students arriving at Bath Spa University this weekend are being given advice on how to enjoy their nights out responsibly.

Chris Ellicott, who is the Registrar at the university says: ""There have been a number of deaths. It's about one a year on average but, of course, one a year is one too many every year, so we do want to remind students that they do need to be safe."

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Tributes to teenager found in the River Avon

A scroll of tributes to a teenager whose body was found in the River Avon has been laid out in a church in Bath. Sam Amin was discovered in the river on Tuesday after going missing for three days.

Now more than seventy of his friends have left messages on a 10 metre strip of paper which will be presented to his family. It's been made at the church he attended, St Michael's in Twerton.

Rector Richard Wilson says Sam will always be remembered by his friends and family.

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Plans to improve riverside safety in Bath

There have been three deaths in the River Avon this year Credit: ITV West Country

Further plans to improve safety alongside the river Avon in Bath are to be considered by the local council after three deaths this year, and six since 2009.

Yesterday police recovered the body of a young man from the river near Churchill bridge, believed to be that of teenager Sam Amin.

Although some security fencing was put up after earlier deaths, the towpath at that spot is less well protected. Now council leader Paul Crossley says it may have to be closed at night to stop people stumbling into the river by accident - but that would mean erecting higher fences and, presumably, gates, to allow access to boat owners.

The council, along with the Environment Agency, is spending around four hundred thousand pounds on other safety features, including trellis-style handholds on the riverbanks for people to grab hold of if they do fall in. There will also be extra lighting as part of a redesigned lock gate near Pulteney Weir.

Further warnings will also be issued to Bath's large student population about the perils of walking along the towpath at night - particularly when drunk. New student accommodation is being built close to the spot where the latest drowning happened.

Pictured: Cordon at site of Bath body discovery

The police cordon near where the body was discovered. Credit: ITV West Country/Bon Constantine

A police cordon is in place by the River Avon in Bath, at the location where police divers discovered a body this morning. It is believed to be that of Sammuel Amin, 18, who has been missing since Saturday. If so, he becomes the sixth person to die in the Bath stretch of the river since 2009.

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