Bridlington police warn against tombstoning

Bridlington Harbour
Bridlington Harbour

Police are issuing a warning to anyone thinking of cooling down in the warm weather by jumping from the harbour wall or rocks in Bridlington.

The craze known as tombstoning has seen a return to our region during the recent spell of warm weather.

Sergeant Mark Skelton of Bridlington Police said: “We have only so far this summer had one report of someone jumping from the harbour wall, but I want to issue a warning to anyone thinking about doing the same.

“There is an obvious risk of injury in jumping from the wall into the cold North Sea, the tides and sea state can change by the hour and make this sort activity extremely dangerous.

”Humberside Police will deal positively with anyone found to be jumping from the wall or surrounding rocks.”

An East Riding of Yorkshire Council spokesperson said: “East Riding of Yorkshire Council does not condone tombstoning or any activity which involves jumping off structures or cliffs anywhere within its boundaries.

“There is a promenade byelaw in place to assist our officers in preventing such activities within the coastal resorts in our area.

“The council takes the safeguarding of the public very seriously and works with partners to highlight the dangers of these activities through poster campaigns, supervision of the locations concerned, and where necessary communication with those breaching the byelaw.”