York & North Yorkshire

City of York Council back £100k river safety plan

River in York
Image caption City of York Council will invest £100,000 in improving safety along the Rivers Ouse and Foss

Plans to invest £100,000 to improve safety along York's rivers after two people fell in and died have been approved by councillors.

City of York Council will spend the money on replacing life rings and installing fencing alongside the River Ouse and River Foss.

Ben Clarkson, 22, and Megan Roberts, 20, drowned on separate nights out earlier this year.

The funding was approved by councillors on Tuesday.

A council spokeswoman said all 49 life rings on the Ouse and Foss will be replaced and fencing at Wellington Row, Blue Bridge Lane and Queen's Staith Road will be upgraded.

"Hundreds of feet" of new fencing will also be installed near Navigation Road, the council has said.

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Image caption Ben Clarkson and Megan Roberts bodies were discovered a number of weeks after they disappeared

Ms Roberts from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, was an art student at York St John University. She disappeared during a night out with friends in January.

Her body was discovered in the River Ouse on 3 March at Acaster Malbis, a village almost five miles south of York.

Mr Clarkson, was last seen outside a nightclub in York city centre on 2 March.

After an extensive search his body was recovered from the River Foss three weeks later.

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