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Monday, 23 February 2015

Durham River Safety and Student Drinking Culture

A safer section of the riverside path, notice how those unsightly railings are completely destroying the view.
Within the last eighteen months, three Durham University students have tragically drowned in the city's fast flowing river, with another having to be rescued after also falling in. This has sparked much conflict between the student body and the local police over the safety of the uneven and unlit riverside path and steps. As a Durham student myself, I'm fully supportive of the campaigns to get some sort of barriers and lighting put up along the edge of the river to prevent further tragedies. Controversially, the local police and authorities are blaming these accidents on an "excessive student drinking culture" and are unwilling to accept any responsibility over the dangerous footpath.