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Fence the River Ouse

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On Sat 11 Jan at 6:39pm Sleeveless wrote:
I see Change.org has a new petition to fence the River Ouse. Good idea or not? Let’s hear the arguments.
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On Sat 11 Jan at 7:49pm Pink Sleeves wrote:
Utterly stupid.
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On Sat 11 Jan at 8:21pm dave wrote:
It’s a no brainier if people are going to fall in, all rivers should be fenced from source to sea and don’t get me started on roads they should just be banned altogether
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On Sat 11 Jan at 8:25pm ThePiddler wrote:
Fill it in so drunk people can't fall in
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On Sat 11 Jan at 8:58pm dairyman wrote:
I fell down the slope into Kingsley Road once, whilst slightly the worse for wear. Fence off Landport.
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On Sat 11 Jan at 8:59pm Blatant Liar wrote:
Some very silly people on FB in favour of this.
Plus the proposed ‘candle vigil’ and two minutes silence
As I said earlier, Lewes’ Diana moment
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On Sun 12 Jan at 7:06am Sleeveless wrote:
Over 1100 people have signed the petition. I guess all of us above must wrong.
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On Sun 12 Jan at 9:24am Hugh Janus wrote:
How about fencing the sea off because alot more people have died in the sea...?
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On Sun 12 Jan at 10:08am Pink Sleeves wrote:
Some people on Lewes Present are demented. A candle vigil for a stranger to the town who either was so drunk they fell in a river or who chose to end their life. Hopefully the post mortem will reveal what was in his system. I feel sorry for him and his family but get a grip people.
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On Sun 12 Jan at 10:50am Rookie wrote:
My grandad discovered a man's body down the Pells 70+ years ago. He never got a candlelight vigil and there was no public outpouring of grief. He probably got 2 lines in the Sussex Express. Of course it's tragic and full condolences to the bereaved. But tragedies happen and fencing wont stop them.
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On Sun 12 Jan at 11:01am ar10642 wrote:
If we do this logically we'd have to fence all rivers from source to sea and fence off the beaches and cliffs too, just in case someone who's had too much to drink is around. I understand the wife in question is grieving but this is pretty mad stuff isn't it? How high/fortified should the fence be? Railway style palisade fencing? Razor wire?
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On Sun 12 Jan at 11:48am Tractorboy81 wrote:
What a complete ridiculous idea fence the river I’ve never heard of anything so silly in all my life.
What would the lately departed Jim the Fish made of all this seeing as the river Ouse was his life ?
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On Sun 12 Jan at 11:56am Sleeveless wrote:
Would a fence have saved Virginia Woolf’s life
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On Sun 12 Jan at 12:07pm The Old Mayor wrote:
They fence it for Bonfire !! to Tesco's at least !!
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On Sun 12 Jan at 6:09pm ThePiddler wrote:
How do they know he fell in at tesco,Maybe the pubs who sold him the alcoholic should pay for the fence !
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On Sun 12 Jan at 10:06pm dave wrote:
How much did he pay for the alcoholic?
My ones a bit knackered and I’ve been thinking about getting a younger one for a while now.
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On Sun 12 Jan at 10:13pm Tim wrote:
Silly idea! You can’t fence off every danger in this world.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 8:16am heatherC wrote:
I see the heartless keyboard warriors of Lewes keep themselves to this group rather than Lewes Present.
As a friend of Anthony I can completely understand why his family or friends have called for this petition. Obviously we can’t fence off every danger in this world and everyone had the right to their opinion on this topic but to be disrespectful about the candle light vigil is just disgusting.
The search for Anthony and his story clearly touched a lot of people so why shouldn’t they be able to pay their respects?!
Overall I’ve seen the Lewes community as selfless, kind hearted people, it’s a shame most on here are showing otherwise.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 9:28am Sleeveless wrote:
Yes, some of the comments have gone off topic and are disrespectful. However, I presume there will be an inquest and if the Coroner uncovers evidence that says lack of fencing was a factor then I am sure it would be addressed in the Coroner’s Report.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 11:28am The Old Mayor wrote:
IT DOES GET FENCED FOR BONFIRE TO TESCO's !!!
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On Mon 13 Jan at 11:53am Sleeveless wrote:
Last time I went down there at Bonfire the fencing was metal road pins and netting and certainly wasn’t secure. Maybe it has improved - what fencing are you aware of Old Mayor?
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On Mon 13 Jan at 12:09pm Tractorboy81 wrote:
Great post by Susan Healy on Lewes Present why has commenting been turned off I wonder ?

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On Mon 13 Jan at 1:04pm Pink Sleeves wrote:
I don't see anyone wanting a vigil for the poor person who died at Wileys Bridge, or the woman found in a bin.
Thousands of drunk people in bonfire night. No-one has ever drowned.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 1:19pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Although they do have a lifeguard dinghy patrolling the river on Bonfire night just in case!
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On Mon 13 Jan at 2:08pm Sleeveless wrote:
I guess there are two types of people, those that use Facebook and those that don’t. I can’t imagine coming on this forum and asking if everyone is ok, looking after themselves and feeling the love. Or maybe I should?
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On Mon 13 Jan at 2:40pm Toottoot wrote:
I empathise with all involved, it was such a tragedy, but I really can’t see what there is to be fenced. The lane going ahead to Tesco and other rural areas have a significant grass ledge even after the slope so it would take a lot for someone to slip off the path and fall in, the rest is fenced within the town and you would have to out of your way, through wooded areas to find an ‘open’ area with a short ledge. And why would you go through these areas and not stay within the lights of the town no matter how much someone has had. It’s not that people don’t care, it’s that people who live in Lewes know the area. The only compromise is to risk assess the area of the incident if thats possible, whether the rusty house or the ?railway centre is it?? has CCTV
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On Mon 13 Jan at 3:01pm Sleeveless wrote:
I’m guessing many of the 1900 or so names who have signed the petition do not come from Lewes. Some haven’t even got Anthony Knott’s name right and many are quoting “too many lives lost in this river”, “so many people die in one place”, “another life lost this week”, “can’t bear to read that another person has lost their life”, “2 people in the same week is ridiculous” etc.
Now I know why people are so concerned about fake news.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 3:31pm Pink Sleeves wrote:
Exactly. Stupid people jumping on a bandwagon without knowing Jack sh##### about it. That's social media for you.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 4:11pm ar10642 wrote:
The only areas I could think of are the wall outside the JHT and the NCP car park where you could *maybe* accidentally fall in, but you have to go a bit out of the way to get to those. As mentioned the bit by Tescos has a long grass bank before you get to the water, so hard to see how you'd stumble over and fall in unless you were already well onto the bank? I wonder if we'll ever find out what actually happened to this poor man.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 6:17pm Ben Doveragain wrote:
Fence the river is it April 1st already.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 6:38pm Sleeveless wrote:
At the moment no one knows where or how Anthony came to be in the river.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 8:36pm the old mayor wrote:
FFS. Obviously, the Bonfire fencing is only temporary for the event, anyone who lives in Lewes knows that. But my point is that it IS considered dangerous enough to do it. For the sake of complete idiots, it's only the stretch from the road bridge to the store, completing the stretch that's NOT already permanently fenced by a very short length by the car park exit/entrance.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 11:02pm Basil wrote:
Obviously we should drain the river and drop the water in the sea. It only makes sense.
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On Mon 13 Jan at 11:27pm YYZ wrote:
Does anyone know how Anthony ended up in the river? It seems difficult to slip and fall in. Even if you did, it’s not fast moving water?
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On Tue 14 Jan at 8:42am hmm wrote:
I think our thoughts should be with the family of the 67 year old man and his family.. we have no information of this man but I hope his family set up a go fund me page ! So lewes people can help his family.
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On Thu 16 Jan at 1:17pm Tommy wrote:
There's more deaths a year from Alcohol then people falling the Ouse. Maybe we should ban alcohol instead?
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On Thu 16 Jan at 2:32pm Sleeveless wrote:
The person who started the petition (and they are from Lewes) must know otherwise. According to her, “ I know we are asking for such a big thing in Lewes but we have to do something we are loosing to many people in the river Ouse“.
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On Thu 16 Jan at 7:26pm Tipex wrote:
Accidental death from falling into a river is extremely rare, especially given the firefighter was young and fit. I doubt the cause of this tragedy was a lack of fences.


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