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Lifebuoy plan for canals

Police, councillors and local residents club together to buy/fund new lifebouys at a site by the canal in Ferrybridge where a man died earlier in the year.
Pictured: Cllr G. Stokes, PCSO Vanessa Young and Rachel Speak - manager of Ferrybridge Community Centre.
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Police, councillors and local residents club together to buy/fund new lifebouys at a site by the canal in Ferrybridge where a man died earlier in the year. Pictured: Cllr G. Stokes, PCSO Vanessa Young and Rachel Speak - manager of Ferrybridge Community Centre. p311a424

Police, councillors and residents in Knottingley and Ferrybridge have clubbed together to buy riverside lifebuoys for the area.

The community rallied round after Pontefract man Stephen Doyle died after falling into the River Aire near the Golden Lion pub in Ferrybridge in January.

Money seized from criminals under the the Proceeds of Crime Act has already funded two lifebuoys at the site but local residents raised another £700 for safety devices at other riverside locations in Knottingley and Ferrybridge.

PCSO Vanessa Young, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said: “We spoke to the community to see if we could raise some money and people really came together.

“It’s amazing how much has been raised. Now we’ve got to decide where to put the extra lifebuoys.”

Police said due to constant theft and vandalism of lifebuoys, the Canal and River Trust took the decision to stop replacing the equipment at sites in the Knottingley and Ferrybridge area in 2010.

Staff at The Golden Lion pub and Ferrybridge Community Centre help look after lifebuoy stations near the river and police hope other businesses will also volunteer to help.

PCSO Young said: “People don’t think of the consequences when they vandalise or steal lifebuoys.

“It can not only lead to loss of a life but there’s also the huge effect it has on people who are trying to help when people do fall in if there is nothing they can use.”

A public meeting will be held at Ferrybridge Community Centre next month to discuss where the new lifebuoys should be situated.

PCSO Young added: “We hope that because these will belong to the community, people will look after them more.

“We are hoping to put them at pubs or local businesses so we can keep checking them and make sure they’re not vandalised because that’s now our responsibility.”

The meeting, which anyone can attend, will take place at the community centre, on The Square, from 7.45pm on Wednesday, July 23.

PCSO Young added: “We want to find out what people want to do with the money.

“It could even be used for first aid training for people who work next to canals and rivers.”

 

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