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Oxford May Day revellers leap from Magdalen Bridge

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Police said the jumpers put themselves and others at risk

About 30 revellers have ignored safety warnings and jumped from Magdalen Bridge in Oxford as part of traditional May Day celebrations.

Police said it was "by luck" no-one was injured during the dawn jump.

The bridge had been closed by officers to prevent people from jumping into the River Cherwell, but some broke through safety barriers.

In 2005 when the bridge was last left open, 40 people were injured when about 100 people jumped off it.

The water is shallow and the county council said the cost to the health service in 2005 was about £50,000.

Every year thousands of people gather on and around Magdalen Bridge to hear choristers sing hymns at dawn from the tower at Magdalen College.

Supt Amanda Pearson, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I'm pleased to say, more by luck than judgement, that none of them have suffered any injuries.

"But of course, they've put themselves and others at risk."

She said there had been "very few incidents of alcohol-related disorder and very few crimes reported".

She added: "There's only one person in custody for an assault."



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