CCTV considered to prevent suicides from Chingford footbridge

Police consider CCTV to monitor behaviour on foot bridge

Police consider CCTV to monitor behaviour on foot bridge

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CCTV could be introduced to prevent a bridge becoming a regular suicide spot.

Elif Orman died on February 17 after falling from the footbridge over the A406 North Circular in Chingford, between the Crooked Billet roundabout and Cooks Ferry interchange, in an apparent suicide on February 17.

A man was talked down after climbing over the railings of the same bridge on Tuesday.

Police have confirmed CCTV is being considered after people called for action to prevent the bridge becoming a go-to-place for people contemplating suicide.

A spokeswoman said: "Waltham Forest Police are aware of a small number of incidents relating to this particular footbridge including the tragic death of a young woman two weeks ago.

"The local Neighbourhood Policing Team is already paying attention to this particular location in their patrols and to provide a longer term solution they are liaising with the Local Authority to explore the possibility of placing CCTV at the location.

"My request to the public is that if you see anyone loitering on the footbridge or making any effort to climb over the barriers then please contact police and we will respond as a matter of urgency."

Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for managing the bridge and said it is working with police to "understand" the recent incidents.

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2:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

CCTV will be pointless unless the authorities can drop out of the sky and rescue a potential suicide, with a quick response as not all those who plan to jump will wait, they may just jump. Better would be to enclose the bridge with open cage like roofing and not like the ' muggers paradise' plastic across the roads in Leytonstone.

Of course the council will take the cheapest option as usual with CCTV.
CCTV will be pointless unless the authorities can drop out of the sky and rescue a potential suicide, with a quick response as not all those who plan to jump will wait, they may just jump. Better would be to enclose the bridge with open cage like roofing and not like the ' muggers paradise' plastic across the roads in Leytonstone. Of course the council will take the cheapest option as usual with CCTV. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

4:43pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Thunderbird4 says...

CCTV - what a brilliant idea? But for a quick response, something like a small hut, either end of the bridge, where a PCSO could be permanently stationed, for a quick response.

Unfortunately, people who are determined, will always find a way, a place and a time. We should all be aware of our friends who have problems and help them before they make a wrong decision.
CCTV - what a brilliant idea? But for a quick response, something like a small hut, either end of the bridge, where a PCSO could be permanently stationed, for a quick response. Unfortunately, people who are determined, will always find a way, a place and a time. We should all be aware of our friends who have problems and help them before they make a wrong decision. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 4

5:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

sensibility says...

This is not the only bridge on the north circular and if people really want to commit suicide they will find a way.

The extortionate cost of CCTV will not prevent someone jumping. Raising the railings or making them impossible to climb.

Much as one death is one too many not every suicide can or will be prevented regardless of any measures taken.
This is not the only bridge on the north circular and if people really want to commit suicide they will find a way. The extortionate cost of CCTV will not prevent someone jumping. Raising the railings or making them impossible to climb. Much as one death is one too many not every suicide can or will be prevented regardless of any measures taken. sensibility
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1:42am Mon 10 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
CCTV - what a brilliant idea? But for a quick response, something like a small hut, either end of the bridge, where a PCSO could be permanently stationed, for a quick response.

Unfortunately, people who are determined, will always find a way, a place and a time. We should all be aware of our friends who have problems and help them before they make a wrong decision.
Maybe a turn style manned by 2 PCSO either end?
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: CCTV - what a brilliant idea? But for a quick response, something like a small hut, either end of the bridge, where a PCSO could be permanently stationed, for a quick response. Unfortunately, people who are determined, will always find a way, a place and a time. We should all be aware of our friends who have problems and help them before they make a wrong decision.[/p][/quote]Maybe a turn style manned by 2 PCSO either end? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

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