WATCH: Number of River Wear deaths ‘suspicious’

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A STUDENT has called for action after the worrying number of deaths in the River Wear.

Police today removed a body from the river in Durham in the search for missing student Euan Coulthard.

Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwellgate Bridge.

Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwellgate Bridge.

Two other students have been found dead in the River Wear in similar circumstances in the past 14 months.

Police have described the situation as worrying and pledged action.

A fellow student has called for organisations in Durham to work together to ensure there are no more deaths.

He said: “It’s just the frequency and how this hasn’t happened before. Once is a tragic action, twice is worrying, three times it’s becoming a bit too suspicious.

“We need to understand why this keeps on happening and how we can stop it happening.

“The mood is very much turning towards riverside safety coming from the council: improved lighting by the river and also providing gates near the night clubs, on the bridges and near the main access points which can be shut in the evening to stop people going down to the river.”

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