Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECHONEWS to 80360, or email us »
Stay off the jetty, sailing club warns Canvey kids
4:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in Local News
YOUNGSTERS are risking their lives by jumping off a jetty a sailing club has closed off for repair work.
Chapman Sands Sailing Club, off Eastern Esplanade, Canvey , put a 6ft-high fence around the jetty to stop people getting to it, because £20,000 of repair work needs to be carried out.
The club has also spent £2,000 on signs to warn people about why the jetty is closed, but a club official took pictures of youngsters playing on the jetty and jumping into the water.
The club believes the children have been cutting through the fence with bolt cutters to get onto the jetty. George Graham, 51, secretary and commodore of the club, said: “We went to a lot of effort and cost to stop kids getting on to the jetty. “It’s dangerous for them jump off it.
“The abuse we have got from these 12 to 14-year-olds is unthinkable.
“We’ve had to endure chasing them off all summer but they just don’t care. They laugh in our faces.”
Canvey town warden Jess Fisher, who advised the club to put in the security measures, said: “Our concern is they are jumping into the water with no shoes on. “They can’t see what they’re jumping into. There could be broken glass and they could break their legs. The tides are also very strong in that area.”
The club believes it knows the names and schools of some of the youngsters involved and plans to contact their parents.
One club member flagged down a police car that happened to be in the area on Sunday, but when the officer approached the jetty, the youngsters ran off.