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Tombstoning - Safety Advice and legalities

Alert message sent 19/07/2019 09:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Humberside Police

Anti-social behaviour

With the schools breaking up for the summer and the temperature rising we are receiving an increased number of calls in relation to youths and young adults climbing onto the sea wall in order to jump into the sea.

Whilst we understand swimming in the sea can be a refreshing break from the high temperatures, there comes with it the increased dangers of such activity. Jumping off the sea wall can result in serious injuries should you collide into the wall or land into the sea in such a position to cause injury. There also the dangers involved with the shock of the sea temperature and the strength of the sea currents.

There is also the legalities of being involved in such activity. There is an offence of climbing onto the sea wall without a reasonable excuse. Climbing onto the sea wall to jump into the sea is NOT a reasonable excuse.

Please can parents be aware of the dangers and legalities involved with tombstoning in order to educate their children mainly to prevent serious harm from occuring.

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Kevin Jones (Police, PC, Bridlington)

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