Calls for improved safety at Accrington shopping centre after death

Calls for improved safety at Accrington shopping centre after death

Calls for improved safety at Accrington shopping centre after death

First published in News

ALMOST 2,000 people have joined an internet group calling on the owners of Accrington’s Arndale Centre to improve safety measures.

It came after a 17-year-old Oswaldtwistle girl, who has not been named, fell to her death from the top of the centre’s multi-storey car park on Thursday, just hours before a 33-year-old woman was detained after threatening to jump off.

The group was set up by Sarah Clitheroe, 30, from Accrington, who said: “The car park is becoming notorious and this is just one in a long line of fatalities in the last few years.”

Five people have died in five years after falling from the Arndale Centre, owned by private company Jesta Group.

Dozens of people took to social media sites to express their shock and grief at the latest tragedy.

Elaine Gabrielle Ryan said: “It is horrible to feel so low, you think that is the best and only solution. Thoughts and prayers are with the young girl and her family.”

And Shirley Howard added: “A split second decision with such tragic consequences, breaks your heart. RIP, thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Hyndburn Council’s deputy leader Joan Smith said the council was unable to act directly, but would be approaching Jesta in the near future.

She said: “There has been a lot of public concern expressed about this tragedy and calls have been made for the council to either demolish the building or to install safety measures in the car park.

“These views have been widely made through the social media and it is clear that local people feel very strongly about what has happened.

“The Arndale Centre and its car parks are private property and that they are in no way owned or controlled by the council.

“We will be contacting the owners of the centre to again ask that they review the security of their building and take any steps necessary to try and prevent further occurrences of this kind.”

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8:28pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Has anyone thought that maybe what is needed is a more caring society?
Has anyone thought that maybe what is needed is a more caring society? Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 9

9:17pm Sat 7 Jun 14

mavrick says...

If these people felt they had somewhere to turn for genuine sympathetic help they may not jump. But that is not in the Tory equation, The Arndale is past it's best and it is time for the bulldozers along with a big realistic think on how Accrington should improve. we could start with proper jobs being encouraged, a realisation that there is too much empty and unwanted retail space. However there is a lot of fine buildings which could be turned into housing of varying mixes. The cost would be relatively small. we need to relieve the depression in the town and give some hope. no 17 year old kid should feel there is no other way , Deepest condolences to her family and friends.
If these people felt they had somewhere to turn for genuine sympathetic help they may not jump. But that is not in the Tory equation, The Arndale is past it's best and it is time for the bulldozers along with a big realistic think on how Accrington should improve. we could start with proper jobs being encouraged, a realisation that there is too much empty and unwanted retail space. However there is a lot of fine buildings which could be turned into housing of varying mixes. The cost would be relatively small. we need to relieve the depression in the town and give some hope. no 17 year old kid should feel there is no other way , Deepest condolences to her family and friends. mavrick
  • Score: -1

10:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Wikidi says...

I would suggest a secure locked type of door to deter and stop any other person. I would never knock a huge iconic building such as the Arndale centre.
I would suggest a secure locked type of door to deter and stop any other person. I would never knock a huge iconic building such as the Arndale centre. Wikidi
  • Score: 8

8:52am Sun 8 Jun 14

Biggy12 says...

Maybe a safety net or perhaps a barrier?
If a person is in a suicidal mindset they will find a way if ending their pain regardless of safety measures....RIP kid.
Maybe a safety net or perhaps a barrier? If a person is in a suicidal mindset they will find a way if ending their pain regardless of safety measures....RIP kid. Biggy12
  • Score: 3

2:23pm Sun 8 Jun 14

TheReality says...

A real tragedy - no doubt about it. Its awful that people of any age think about ending it.

There is no point in installing safety measures anywhere though. Someone intent on taking their own life would easily be able to get around any such measures or simply do it elsewhere. As sad as it is society cant baby sit people and there are many many many places you can jump off should the urge take you.

God only knows the reason this young lady decided to end it all but preventing her doing it is merely papering over the cracks. Money should be going in to care and counselling for the people that need it before it even gets to this point.
A real tragedy - no doubt about it. Its awful that people of any age think about ending it. There is no point in installing safety measures anywhere though. Someone intent on taking their own life would easily be able to get around any such measures or simply do it elsewhere. As sad as it is society cant baby sit people and there are many many many places you can jump off should the urge take you. God only knows the reason this young lady decided to end it all but preventing her doing it is merely papering over the cracks. Money should be going in to care and counselling for the people that need it before it even gets to this point. TheReality
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Sun 8 Jun 14

wilddog says...

Not being heartless but knocking down or putting up fencing aint gonna stop it, is it? Ya cannot blame the arndale for this! No arndale then what? Railway viaduct? Motorway bridge?Canal? Its not the fault of building etc! Its the fault of society!
Not being heartless but knocking down or putting up fencing aint gonna stop it, is it? Ya cannot blame the arndale for this! No arndale then what? Railway viaduct? Motorway bridge?Canal? Its not the fault of building etc! Its the fault of society! wilddog
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Sun 8 Jun 14

mavrick says...

I fully appreciate that knocking down the Arndale is the answer, I was aspiring to the whole of the local economy, lack of jobs, most shops closing, to bring about a revival we need to basically start again. Hyndburn has it's good spots but Accrington is in need of a complete rethink, The Arndale is a white elephant and it is dragging down the rest of the town centre including the market. the proposed new bus station is not going to do anything to help.
I fully appreciate that knocking down the Arndale is the answer, I was aspiring to the whole of the local economy, lack of jobs, most shops closing, to bring about a revival we need to basically start again. Hyndburn has it's good spots but Accrington is in need of a complete rethink, The Arndale is a white elephant and it is dragging down the rest of the town centre including the market. the proposed new bus station is not going to do anything to help. mavrick
  • Score: -10

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