Police called out several times to young people 'tombstoning' off Scarborough's West Pier, and also to North Bay beach party

Police were called to stop young people jumping into the sea in Scarborough, despite continued warnings against 'tombstoning'.

Sunday, 28th June 2020, 7:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th June 2020, 7:02 pm
Scarborough harbour

Officers and coastguards were alerted several times between 5pm and midnight on Friday to groups of youths jumping into the sea from the West Pier.

A spokesperson for Scarborough Police said: "This has an adverse effect on the harbour traffic as all boats have to be stopped when there are people in and around the mouth of the harbour.

"Parents, please help pass the message to your children. If you want to spend time in the sea, please do so from the beach."

Police were also called out reports of a high number of people at a beach party on the North Bay.

The group were dispersed by officers wearing body cameras to gather evidence of the incident.

Police have been working with other agencies in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby to combat the 'tombstoning' trend - where people jump into water from a great height.

Scarborough Borough Council’s beach superintendents have been monitoring and engaging with those who appear to be taking part in what police describe as a "highly dangerous activity".

Police officers and coastguards are on hand to intervene and take action if required.

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