Anger over ‘disrespectful’ jump stunt at suicide spot
A GROUP of athletes were branded ‘disrespectful’ after they went parachuting at a notorious suicide spot.
The 16 jumpers launched themselves from Beachy Head, Britain’s tallest chalk cliff at 531ft, where it is estimated 20 people commit suicide each year.
The council responded by urging people to stay away from the crumbling cliffs.
Freelance filmmaker Jack Adams, 22, from Lewes, East Sussex, attended the jump to take photos of his friends. He said: ‘It was quite refreshing to see it as a place where they can have a lot of fun ... rather than the location being tragic.’
He added that it was ‘ great’ that the jumpers were ‘living life to the full’.
But the parachuters were slammed by a local councillor, who said it was ‘irresponsible’. Barry Taylor, a Conservative councillor on Eastbourne Borough Council, said: ‘It’s a silly thing to do, especially as it’s a spot where people commit suicide. It’s a bit irresponsible and disrespectful when there are a lot of tragic incidents at Beachy Head which the police and chaplaincy have to deal with.’
A spokesman for Eastbourne Council said: ‘Members of the public should always stay a safe distance away from the cliff edge at Beachy Head.
‘The cliff edge is prone to erosion and fissures in the chalk are very common. People ... must use their common sense.’
Leap of faith: Jumpers leap from the crumbling cliffs at Beachy Head. Inset: A parachute opens mid-descent