Yorkshire news Heartbreak as 6 people die in just one month at the Humber Bridge PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - In an unprecedented move, the footpaths running along either side of the bridge were closed on Saturday after the sixth person in a month died
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! There have been six deaths across the Humber Bridge in Hull within the space of just one month. The bridge, which connects the East Yorkshire city to North Lincolnshire, was closed to pedestrians on Saturday after another person reportedly jumped from the bridge in the early hours of the morning. The Humber Bridge Board's surprise decision followed six people tragically taking their lives there in the space of 31 days. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . The walkways on either side of the bridge both remain closed today (Monday) and will so for an "indefinite period". The latest of the six deaths was that of a young person, which happened in the early hours of Saturday - just hours before the walkways were shut. The first of the six happened between 4.30am and 5.30am on Wednesday, March 3, when a 21-year-old woman lost her life on the bridge. The Humber Bridge Board announced on Saturday that the footpaths would be closed 'indefinitely' (Image: Donna Clifford) The woman's brother said she was the "life and soul of any room she ever walked in to" and added: "To anyone who feels like this is the only way out, it really is not. "Coming from someone who's experienced a family member do it, it doesn't end any pain. It just passes it on to your family and friends. There are people there for you who love you, please reach out and speak about any problems you have." The four other deaths at the bridge in that 31-day period included a young man described by his heartbroken girlfriend as "the kindest person I ever met", and a 17-year-old girl described by friends as a "beautiful soul". Those two deaths took place within three days of each other, on Thursday, March 25 and Sunday, March 28 respectively. Where to get help if you're struggling You don't have to suffer in silence if you're struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help. Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email email@example.com, in confidence Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won't show up on your bill Platform 1 men's community group: Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143. Andy's Man Club: firstname.lastname@example.org PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141 Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems. Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. There's a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58 MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839 That week, a petition was launched calling for extra measures to "secure" the Humber Bridge in an effort to significantly reduce the number of suicide attempts there. HullLive reports that over 8,000 people have now signed it.
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. In the first 26 years since its opening, more than 200 people were reported to have jumped or fallen from the Humber Bridge, with only five survivors.
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The Humber Bridge Suicide Safety Measures group has been campaigning for six years for more measures to help secure the bridge, whether through the addition of raised barriers or gates at either end. The group was set up after the death of 14-year-old Will Shaw in September 2014. At the time of his death, Will's mum Angela Heard-Shaw recalled: "I asked this young PC if he had ever come across anything like this before. "I'll always remember his reply. He said, 'Unfortunately, I see it all the time.'" On Saturday, the board announced their decision to close the footways completely and "indefinitely".
Floral tributes left close to the bridge on the banks of the River Humber
(Image: Donna Clifford)
A spokesman said: "Due to a recent incident, we have taken the decision to close the footways on both sides of the Humber Bridge for an indefinite period. "We appreciate this might cause some inconvenience, but we ask that pedestrians and cyclists respect the decision and avoid the Humber Bridge at the present time.” By Saturday evening, a police patrol vehicle and a line of cones was in place at the pedestrian entrance to the bridge. Tweeting shortly after the announcement, Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy said she supported the move as an interim measure until more can be done. "I support this temporary emergency safety measure being taken," she said. "I urge all possible safety actions to be taken to enable the walkway to be reopened as soon as possible. My thanks are with the staff and emergency services for the work you do in incredibly distressing circumstances." But the move has also divided opinion, with a poll at the weekend showing a majority of Hull Live readers opposed the decision to close the footpaths. Enter your postcode to see local issues near you
Some questioned what would happen to pedestrians and cyclists who commute using the bridge, while others suggested that the action taken did not address the central issue of why people might choose to end their lives at the bridge in the first place. Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, whose constituency includes the south side of the Humber Bridge, said he had received a number of complaints from constituents. He said: "I can understand the Bridge Board's reaction. They felt they had to take this action while a review is carried out on what further measures could be taken to prevent further tragedies. "Equally, I can understand why people feel inconvenienced. I received two emails last night from people about how it affected them. I am not going to rush to judgement about this."
Cones have been laid out to prevent pedestrians and cyclists accessing the closed footpaths
(Image: Donna Clifford)
He said he had been in talks with Emma Hardy MP and Nadine Dorries, minister for mental health, suicide prevention and patient safety. He added: "I shall wait to see what steps will be taken and what response there is from the Board to what I have sent them." But while some criticised the decision, others welcomed the decisive action seen by many as long overdue. "Well done Humber Bridge Board," one person said. "You got condemned for not doing anything, now you have acted it seems wrong yet again. "Yes it may be an inconvenience to some people and I sympathise with all those affected, but I personally think that if this stops just one more tragic death, it’s well worth it." It is understood that further talks on what the more long-term solutions at the bridge may be are scheduled to take place this week.
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