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Man dies after jumping off Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale

Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale
Image caption Signs on Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale warn people not to jump from it

A man has died after jumping from a bridge into the River Lune in south Cumbria.

It happened just after 17:00 BST on Saturday at a popular, but unsafe jumping spot at Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The 22-year-old man from Manchester was one of a group who had been jumping from the bridge into the water.

Police, fire crews and a mountain rescue team searched for several hours before finding the body downstream.

South Lakeland District Council passed a bye-law against jumping the 40ft (12 metres) from the bridge into the River Lune over safety fears.

Allan Muirhead, from Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, said: "It is regrettable that accidents like this do happen, fairly frequently, despite warnings and signs being put up."

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