Press Release: Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has called for an immediate review of safety at Beeston Weir following the tragic death of 12 year old Owen Jenkins. The Beeston Rylands youngster drowned yesterday evening. It is believed he went to the aid of another young person in the River Trent by Beeston Marina.
Anna said “this is a terrible accident and everyone’s thoughts are with Owen’s family and friends. I have already contacted the local Police Inspector and spoken to the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council to make sure there is an immediate review of safety at this popular spot. With the school holidays about to start and more warm weather on the way, children are bound to be drawn to rivers, lakes and canals. It’s vital we keep our youngsters safe.”
Owen attended Chilwell School and was a talented runner. Arrangements have been made at the school to provide pastoral support to pupils. Rylands Methodist Church is open from 12 ‘til 2 today for people to say a prayer, light a candle and remember Owen Jenkins and to support his family and friends.
See also BBC website.