Cliff fall father backs Cornwall school safety campaign

Paddy Higgins
Image caption Paddy Higgins fell to his death from cliffs above Tolcarne beach in Newquay

A father whose son died in a fall from cliffs in Newquay is backing a safety campaign aimed at secondary school pupils in Cornwall.

John Higgins' son Paddy, who was 16, fell from cliffs above Tolcarne beach.

The Newquay Safe Partnership will teach pupils in all secondary schools how to stay safe by the sea and the risks of drinking too much alcohol.

The partnership said the campaign will be taken to 32 secondary schools in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

'Prevent needless deaths'

Mr Higgins said: "I am honoured to be involved in helping with the DVD and promoting the teaching pack.

"Hopefully the initiative will help prevent needless deaths and injuries which can have lasting effects on so many people," he added.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for the Newquay central division, said the campaign was part supported and funded by Cornwall Council, the Duchy Health Charity and St Austell Brewery.

Paddy, of Winnersh, Berkshire, was three times over the legal drink-drive limit when he fell from cliffs in the Cornish resort in July 2009.

In June 2010 an inquest into Paddy's death returned an open verdict.

The partnership was set up in 2009 after two teenagers died in the resort.

Police, residents, councils and businesses - including pubs, clubs and off-licences - have been working together to promote safety and minimise the risks to drunk people in the town centre.

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