Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry Has Called For An Immediate Review of Safety At Beeston Weir

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.

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2 Responses to Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry Has Called For An Immediate Review of Safety At Beeston Weir

  1. Ian Blakeley says:

    Jumping on a bandwagon here I suspect.

    Agreed a tragedy but lets not forget that the young man went, without thinking of his own safety, to try to help someone and slipped.

    I don’t know what else can be done other than putting a huge fence around/along any water as it would appear that lifesaving equipment, where provided, is vandalised on a regular basis for some unknown reason.

    • Joan Wade says:

      In fairness to Anna Soubry she is in my view right to call for a review of safety measure at the weir. The Conservatives handed the looking after of the canals, rivers and locks of England and Wales from the state (British Waterways) to the charitable sector (The Canals and Rivers Trust). So the resourcing of is now down to us as donors rather than taxpayers. You often find representatives of the trust at Beeston lock. People can donate at the link

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