Fine for Haslingden man who took Devil's leap

Fine for Haslingden man who took Devil's leap

Jacob McFee has been fined after jumping from Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale

Jacob McFee has been fined after jumping from Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale

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A HASLINGDEN man who jumped from the notorious Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale has been told he could have killed himself.

Jacob McFee, 24, of Manchester Road, Haslingden, was prosecuted at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court following a summer crackdown on the craze of ‘tombstoning’ at the tourist attraction.

It is particularly dangerous to jump from the bridge because there is only a small area of deep water to land in.

He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £50 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

“The offence in front of us today, I am sure you realise, was a very silly thing for you to do,” said magistrate Margaret Stamper.

“It could have caused serious injury to yourself or even death, as it has done so in the past.”

His appearance at court follows a police operation using a South Lakeland District Council by-law aimed at deterring people from hurling themselves off the bridge into the River Lune.

It was originally introduced in 1998 but more attention was drawn to it following the death of 22-year-old Darrell Teal, from Manchester, who failed to surface after leaping from the bridge in July 2012.

Police patrols were stepped up and new signs warning of prosecution were fixed at either side of the bridge by the council following the tragedy.

Michael Sharkey, 24, of Gressingham Drive, Lancaster, was sentenced at Kendal a couple of weeks ago and is believed to be the first person to be fined for jumping off the bridge. He was fined £170.

And last week Gareth Turner, 33, of Regent Street, Haslingden, was fined £200 by South Lakeland magistrates after leaping from the bridge on July 13.

The case was proved in his absence.

The increase in police patrols was also prompted by South and East Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith after he publicly warned about the dangers of tombstoning at Mr Teal’s inquest.

At the inquest, Mr Smith said: “People are responsible for their own safety and there is a by-law on that bridge saying people shouldn’t jump.

“People have jumped off that bridge on a regular basis over many years.

“It’s a dangerous thing to do.

“I hope people think twice before they do this because of the warning that it’s not just potentially dangerous, but potentially fatal.”

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11:28am Fri 11 Oct 13

her from here says...

Muppet
Muppet her from here
  • Score: 4

1:46pm Fri 11 Oct 13

Jimmyyy says...

I understand the laws aimed at deterring people to do these jumps, but who was the victim?!?!
I understand the laws aimed at deterring people to do these jumps, but who was the victim?!?! Jimmyyy
  • Score: -2

4:05pm Fri 11 Oct 13

mavrick says...

The trouble is many have consumed a few beers before trying the jumps. It has been going on for years. People know the risks. but somebody else has to pick up the pieces.
The trouble is many have consumed a few beers before trying the jumps. It has been going on for years. People know the risks. but somebody else has to pick up the pieces. mavrick
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Fri 11 Oct 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Jimmyyy wrote:
I understand the laws aimed at deterring people to do these jumps, but who was the victim?!?!
Laws are there to stop dickheads like this becoming a victim and endangering others. If he'd have knocked himself unconscious then no doubt there would have been a few good Samaritans jumping in to help him, ergo their personal safety being put at risk.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: I understand the laws aimed at deterring people to do these jumps, but who was the victim?!?![/p][/quote]Laws are there to stop dickheads like this becoming a victim and endangering others. If he'd have knocked himself unconscious then no doubt there would have been a few good Samaritans jumping in to help him, ergo their personal safety being put at risk. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 5

9:01pm Fri 11 Oct 13

Copperhead says...

As a motorcyclist, I've been going to Devil's Bridge for years.
It's a great place to meet fellow bikers, see your mates and buy stolen parts.
I've jumped off the bridge many times - it's a rite of passge for some of us.
Unfortunately, in our politically-correct, elf'n'safety obsessed liberal lefty huggy-feely touchy-kissy society, anything more dangerous than shopping is rapidly becoming unacceptable.
As a motorcyclist, I've been going to Devil's Bridge for years. It's a great place to meet fellow bikers, see your mates and buy stolen parts. I've jumped off the bridge many times - it's a rite of passge for some of us. Unfortunately, in our politically-correct, elf'n'safety obsessed liberal lefty huggy-feely touchy-kissy society, anything more dangerous than shopping is rapidly becoming unacceptable. Copperhead
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Fri 11 Oct 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I just jumped of the bottom step on my stairs, waits to get arrested.
I just jumped of the bottom step on my stairs, waits to get arrested. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Fri 11 Oct 13

mys says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
I just jumped of the bottom step on my stairs, waits to get arrested.
Ha ha
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: I just jumped of the bottom step on my stairs, waits to get arrested.[/p][/quote]Ha ha mys
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