A police chief has called on students to “reflect very deeply” on their drinking - after a fourth river death in just 15 months was only averted by a dramatic rescue.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford said “reckless consumption of alcohol” had played a part in the deaths of Durham University students Sope Peters, Luke Pearce and Euan Coulthard in the Wear since October 2013 and a fourth tragedy was only prevented by the bravery of his officers.
“My appeal to the student body is to reflect very deeply on these four incidents. “I believe the reckless consumption of alcohol has played a part in all of them – and there’s a high degree of responsibility there.
“You need to look after yourself and your friends. Don’t leave university either with a prosecution from us or having put yourself or your friends at risk.”
His uncompromising message was echoed by Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who said he was totally shocked at the incident and it was very fortunate Durham was not mourning the loss of another young life.
“A lot of this is about personal responsibility. This young man was seriously drunk. He wasn’t able to look after himself.”All no doubt totally true. And certainly, personal responsibility was totally lacking here.
However…should a young female student come forward alleging rape while in a drunken state, will they be similarly unsympathetic and judgemental about her drinking?
Reader, I say they wouldn’t bloody dare…