Devil’s warning to Tombstoners risking their lives for a thrill

Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Police have vowed to prosecute those caught jumping off Kirkby Lonsdale’s Devil’s Bridge into the River Lune.

Reckless daredevils have been spotted attempting the dangerous ‘tombstoning’ at the bridge, two years after a man died at the spot.

Darrell Teal, 22, died after jumping from Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale into the River Lune in 2012.

And over the past few years police have received numerous reports of people risking their lives by jumping off the bridge throughout the summer months.

Now police are reminding people a byelaw is in place to stop people from jumping from the bridge. Last year police worked closely with South Lakeland District Council in order to prosecute a number of people for contravening the byelaw. Those prosecuted were handed fines by the courts.

Inspector Paul Latham, of the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There are a number of risks associated with jumping off a bridge including hitting rocks, misjudging the depth of water and sudden emersion in cold water.

“There is also personal responsibility people need to take to protect their own health and safety. It is an incredibly senseless and dangerous activity and I would ask anyone who is considering jumping to think about the risks and effects it will have on family should anything untoward happen. Jumping into any body of open water is dangerous due to the unseen hazards below the surface and the fact that, whilst it may seem tempting to cool off on a hot day, deep water is very cold, all of which can lead to injury or death.

“I also appeal to members of the public to contact us if you see people jumping off the bridge or even highlight the clear dangers to those jumping. Don’t risk your life for what is a quick thrill, it is worth so much more.”

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact Police on 101.