Tyne & Wear

Two fall into Durham's River Wear months after deaths

The River Wear in Durham Image copyright Google
Image caption Three students have died after falling in the River Wear in Durham following nights out

Two students have fallen into the River Wear in Durham near where three of their classmates died.

Durham Police said the men, both 19, toppled over a small wall while "joking around" but were able to get out with help from nearby door staff.

Both were checked over before being handed fixed penalty notices for causing alarm.

The deaths of Euan Coulthard, Sope Peters and Luke Pearce have prompted major concerns over the Wear's safety.

A new riverside safety plan has been launched to try and tackle the problem, including an education programme, breath testing and guardians on the streets of the city.

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