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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 August, 2004, 08:49 GMT 09:49 UK
Patrols begin at suicide cliffs
Beach Head cliffs
Each year 25 people throw themselves from the cliffs
Volunteers are patrolling a suicide spot in East Sussex to stop people jumping to their deaths.

The group began the patrols along the Beachy Head cliffs, near Eastbourne, in August and have already talked one man out of jumping.

There are six volunteers and they work in pairs between 1845 BST and midnight.

About 25 people throw themselves from the cliffs every year and the group wants more volunteers to sign up so 24-hour patrols can start.

It is hoped the initiative will stop dozens of people jumping from the 545 ft high beauty spot.

The cliff-top counsellors need training before they can join the mile-long patrol route.

Pastor Ross Hardy from Christ Church of Healing and the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team set the group up.


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