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Fences improved after cliff falls

Photo of Paddy Higgins surrounded by friends on the night he died
Paddy Higgins fell to his death from cliffs above Towan Beach

Work has started to improve fences and erect warning signs around a Cornish town following two fatal cliff falls.

The improvements are being carried out by Cornwall Council after safety assessments of cliff-tops in Newquay.

Andrew Curwell, 18, and Paddy Higgins, 16, fell to their deaths in June and July respectively during nights out.

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

'Tragic accidents'

The resort's nightlife and cliff-top safety were criticised earlier in the year following the deaths of the two teenagers.

The body of Mr Curwell, from Saddleworth in Greater Manchester, was found at the foot of cliffs at Great Western Beach on 28 June.

Cliffs in Newquay
More cliff warning sings are being erected

Paddy, from Wokingham in Berkshire, died on 6 July after falling above Tolcarne Beach.

Mike East, Cornwall Council's head of environment, said the works were "in response to the tragic accidents during the summer".

He said: "It is one part of the response. There has been a package of activities and fencing is just one of them.

"The basic issues are also around individual responsibility, anti-social behaviour due to excessive alcohol, and a range of different partners are working to solve this.

"They include town centre management and the private sector, and we are all working together on a comprehensive response to that."

Work to improve fences has already started with the new signs to go up over the next few weeks.

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