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Safety bid after boy's cliff fall in Newquay


Pupils explain the benefits of the Newquay councillor's safety training programme

Pupils at a school attended by a boy who died when he fell off a cliff in Newquay are to get safety tips for when they are staying in seaside resorts.

Paddy Higgins was 16 when he died on 6 July 2009 after falling down cliffs above Tolcarne Beach in Cornwall.

He had been with friends who had been drinking alcohol. His father John began a campaign for more safety controls at the resort.

Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown will visit Forest School later.

Mr Brown, a retired coastguard, and his wife Christine will also tour others schools in the county, as part of the Seasafe initiative - a training scheme funded by Newquay Town Council and supported by Newquay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Cornwall Council.

Avoiding accidents

He said: "There are some basic rules that people can follow when they are relaxing by or in the sea to help them keep safe.

"If we can prevent even one more dreadful accident in the future our efforts will be worthwhile".

Another teenager Andrew Curwell, from Saddleworth in Greater Manchester, also lost his life a month before Paddy Higgins, who was from Wokingham.

Cliffs in Newquay
More cliff warning sings are being erected

The 18 year old's body was found at the foot of cliffs at Great Western Beach on 28 June last year.

Since both incidents improvements have been carried out by Cornwall Council after safety assessments of cliff-tops in Newquay.

The council said its highest priority was to fix existing broken fences, raise fence heights in dangerous places and put up more signs.

"We want to pass on the message that [the youngsters] have got to take responsibility for themselves when they come to Cornwall," said Mrs Brown.

"We do not want to put their parents through the trauma of having a knock on the door in the early hours of the morning with two policeman standing there to say that their son or daughter has been killed in an accident."

The school safety training sessions will take place every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the spring term.

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