Cliffs fall prompts advice from police

Police are reminding people to take extra care when enjoying the region's seaside areas and cliff tops.

Sunday, 21st August 2016, 10:32 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:29 pm
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The advice comes after a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell 20 feet down a cliff at Cullercoats Bay in North Tyneside.

Now police are advising people to think about their safety, especially over the busy summer holiday period.

Chief Inspector John Barnes said: “We want people to enjoy coming to the coast and taking part in water based activities - but we want them to do so safely without putting themselves or others at risk.

“We want to remind people of the dangers of cliff tops to make sure they keep themselves safe and stay well away from the edge, where it can be easy to slip and fall. People should always be careful around water and if the sea looks rough we would advise them to be particularly cautious.”

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He added: “We would also like to remind people of the danger of the sea, and in particular we want to remind visitors to this area who are perhaps not used to the conditions and are unaware of the strength of the waves and the inherent dangers of the sea.

“Some of the region’s beaches are staffed by Royal National Lifeboat Institute Lifeguards this summer with safe bathing areas clearly marked with flags on the beach. We would encourage people to visit these beaches and to only enter the water between these flags where it is safe to do so while lifeguards are on duty.

“We want people to enjoy water based activities safely this summer and not end up being injured.”

If you see someone else in difficulty in water, contact emergency services by calling 999.