Partners work together to tackle tombstoning

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Partners in Plymouth have once again been working together over the summer to tackle the issue of tombstoning and help keep young people in the city safe by providing alternative activities.

For the third year running, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have joined forces to work with local young people and signpost them to safer adrenaline based activities through the Summer Mix programme. In addition partners will continue to raise awareness of the dangers of tombstoning by talking to local young people at risk.



Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “We want to keep our young people safe but at the same time ensure there are activities that they can enjoy, as well as tackling anti-social behaviour.

“Tombstoning can be very dangerous and risks include death or life-changing injuries, submerged objects such as rocks which may not be visible, and the shock of cold water can make it difficult to swim. It may also be difficult to get out of the water, and strong currents can rapidly sweep people away.”

In addition to activities such as slacklining and coasteering, the Council’s Community Connections Youth Workers are continuing to have a presence in key locations around Plymouth’s waterfront during peak periods, to talk to young people about the risks and impact of tombstoning and signpost them to alternative activities. Devon and Cornwall Police will also offer advice and where necessary take action to deal with anti-social activities in the area.

Inspector Robin Loveridge, who is responsible for policing the Hoe area said: “In recent years Plymouth has seen tragedy as a result of what some consider a fun activity. This includes the death of a man when he hit the rocks jumping from the Hoe foreshore and other tragic incidents where many people have been seriously injured.

“A 17-year-old received life changing injuries and a 14-year-old was described as being ‘lucky to be alive’ after diving headfirst onto rocks and being rescued by the coastguard. I would urge parents to speak to their children and get them to understand that it is a very dangerous activity to take part in and just not worth the risks. In addition to the personal risks, many of the places that tombstoning is taking place involves trespassing on private property.”

Activities can be booked via the Summer Mix Eventbrite page though this is the last week.
 
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