Devil's Bridge tombstoners will be prosecuted, say police

Devil's Bridge tombstoners will be prosecuted, say police

The spot where many have suffered serious injury after risking everything for a cheap thrill

Devil's Bridge tombstoners will be prosecuted, say police

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Anybody who tombstones off the deadly Devil's Bridge could face prosecution for their 'senseless and dangerous' actions, say police.

Every summer, young people jump from the Kirkby Lonsdale bridge into the River Lune below with sometimes fatal consequences.

When 22-year-old Darrell Teal lept to his death from that very bridge in 2012, South and East Cumbria coroner, Ian Smith, publicly warned about the dangers of tombstoning.

There is a by-law in place which means anybody seen jumping into the water from the bridge can be prosecuted and slapped with a hefty fine.

The police will be working closely with South Lakeland District Council to bring any aspiring dare devils to justice.

Inspector Paul Latham, of the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There are a number of risks associated with jumping off a bridge including hitting rocks, misjudging the depth of water and sudden emersion in cold water.

“There is also personal responsibility; people need to take to protect their own health and safety. It is an incredibly senseless and dangerous activity and I would ask anyone who is considering jumping to think about the risks and  effects it will have on their family should anything untoward happen.

“Jumping into any body of open water is dangerous due to the unseen hazards below the surface and the fact that, whilst it may seem tempting to cool off on a hot day, deep water is very cold. It can lead to injury or death.

“I also appeal to members of the public to contact us if you see people jumping off the bridge or even highlight the clear dangers to those jumping. Don’t risk your life for what is a quick thrill, it is worth so much more.”

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact Police on 101.



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