Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Water Company to Join Probe into Weir Safety

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Water Company to Join Probe into Weir Safety

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE company responsible for a 'dangerous' weir suspected of being responsible for the deaths of three kayakers has said it will co-operate fully with a coroner's call to re-examine safety at the site.

Northumbrian Water is responsible for the Riding Mill weir in the River Tyne between Hexham and Corbridge, which a coroner this week said was the likely site of the deaths of Darren William Thorpe, 41, Mark Thorpe, 39, and their 36-year-old cousin Gavin Thomas Bradley.

The South Tyneside trio went missing following a kayaking trip on May 11, and all of the men were found dead in the river in the early hours of May 12.

During the inquest in North Shields Coroners Court, Eric Armstrong, coroner for South Northumberland and North Tyneside, said: "It is my intention to contact Northumbria Water and ask them to undertake a feasability study, I can put it no higher than that - I do not have the expertise to ask them 'what about this', to try and take steps to avoid repetition. …

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