Anger over ‘dis­re­spect­ful’ jump stunt at sui­cide spot

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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

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