Ilfracombe tombstoners moved on by police

Tombstoners have been jumping off Ilfracombe Pier into the sea from the deck pictured to the right o

Tombstoners have been jumping off Ilfracombe Pier into the sea from the deck pictured to the right of Verity. - Credit: Archant

Police called several times over concerns for youngsters jumping off the pier.

‘TOMBSTONING’ youngsters leaping off Ilfracombe Pier have been moved on by police several times during the heat wave.

There is a by-law preventing people jumping into the water from the pier or harbour area, but police have received several worried calls from the public in recent weeks.

The practice is known as tombstoning because people jump into the water vertically, like a tombstone, but nationally every year several people are killed or injured.

“We were called several times by members of the public concerned about youngsters jumping off into shallow water,” said acting Sergeant David Thubron.


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“Several groups were spoken to during the course of a few weeks and moved along.”

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