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Fol­low­ing the lat­est of a num­ber of drown­ings, there have been calls for rail­ings along­side Manch­ester’s canals. Stu­dent Char­lie Pope’s body was found in the Rochdale Canal af­ter he went miss­ing on a night out. His fa­ther said he was “as­tounded” at the lack of safety pre­cau­tions, and a pe­ti­tion call­ing for safety bar­ri­ers had gath­ered over 40,000 sig­na­tures as we went to press. How­ever the Manch­ester Wa­ter Safety Part­ner­ship (which in­cludes the Canal & River Trust, emer­gency ser­vices and the City Coun­cil) said “Al­though fenc­ing-off the water­front may ap­pear to be a straight­for­ward so­lu­tion it’s sadly not that sim­ple in prac­tice as we have to al­low ac­cess to and from the waterside for the canal to op­er­ate. When we know what hap­pened to Char­lie we’ll be able see what fur­ther safety im­prove­ments might be needed.”

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