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Ipswich: Man who died in Orwell Bridge fall named as 24-year-old Aaron Coote

10:04 07 April 2014

Orwell Bridge

Orwell Bridge

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An inquest is due to be opened this week into the death of Aaron Coote who fell to his death from the Orwell Bridge last Tuesday.

Mr Coote, 24, of Ipswich, was spotted climbing on the parapet at around 11.30am last Tuesday.

His death has prompted moved to overhaul safety at the Orwell Bridge with Ipswich MP Ben Gummer claiming the Highways Agency have failed to address concerns over previous fatalities and incidents.

A Highways Agency spokesman said it would give “serious consideration” to the points raised by Mr Gummer, adding: “The Orwell Bridge provides an important public right of way across the bridge for pedestrians wishing to cross the estuary. The walls are 1.25m high, which is sufficient to prevent people from accidentally falling.”

Mr Coote’s inquest is scheduled to be opened at Ip-City in Bath Street, Ipswich, on Wednesday.

16 comments

  • SteveIpswich they are there already. There is also a tiny sign in the middle on the parapet, next time you pass over there check it out. If someone wishes to leave this earth none of us can stop them. It's a shame when these boys do this.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • There must be a way to make to make the jumping off more difficult to access lets brain storm and see what we can come up with ,engineers out there what do you say also what may have worked on other bridges?

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    Heather Wayman

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • SteveIpswich they are there already. There is also a tiny sign in the middle on the parapet, next time you pass over there check it out. If someone wishes to leave this earth none of us can stop them. It's a shame when these boys do this.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • R.i.p young lad . Your not the first and won't be the last .it's such a shame that you felt this way . Your poor family . It's not the bridge it's not the wind . If people want to take there lives they will simple rest in peace who have done this

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    Lee mundy

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • RIP Young Man, my thoughts are with you and your family right now. So much pain all round. xxx

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    ME

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I think you will find they use the word "fall" when ever someone jumps off the bridge. Jumping off the bridge is a very final thing. People at that stage will do anything to kill themselves, its not a cry of help! They will just use another way if they put a higher wall etc.

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    anon

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Not the place to be posting opinions about the Bridge, This young man has lost his life, he's family are in absolute shock right now. By all means post elsewhere, but not here!

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    ME

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • I'm not sure there is any solution to stop this happening in the future, If pedestrian access was stopped then other options to end your life would be explored - such as jumping in front of lorriestrains etc. Perhaps one simple and cheap option (not guaranteed to work) would be to have some signs posted on the bridge with phone links to the Samaritans etc. I'm sure they do this near the cliffs by the South Coast. It won't stop all but it may prevent some and get help to the person in need of it.

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    SteveIpswich

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • In total agreement with you

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    Louise Woulfe-flanagan

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • RIP Aaron. My last comment was meant to go at the bottom of another comment, but it's about time Ben Gummer and council officials looked at investing in people and looking at their difficulties than spending money on a damn bridge! Ok if the bridge needs repairs btw. The world we live in in hard enough but our cold hearted council officials and MP's only add to the problems we face in life.

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    Louise Woulfe-flanagan

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • Darren, there is a distinct difference between jumping and falling. Falling is to lose balance - very windy up there, jumping is to leap... most people have jumped in the past, so there must have been eye witnesses stating that this unfortunate man didn't jump. Aaron was obviously in a suicidal mind set but I feel as if this was a tragic consequence for someone close to the edge who would have probably talked his way out of it, either slipped or blown off the bridge.The inquest will provide answers to his friends and family of his final moments.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • Its so sad when a young person dies rip. let's get this clear, it is not an important public right of way, utter rubbish. It's a bridge for vehicles, what are they saying, there was a public right of way here before?! Good grief. Just totally remove the path, widen the carriageways a bit, handy on a windy day when those trucks start drifting. I know this will not stop suicides, but it reduces their options.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • If a person is desperate enough - they will find a way!! It is just really important that people know where they can turn when they feel there is no other way.

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    Nicola Yuill

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • May you rest in peace Hun, more money should be spent on helping these people not wasted on the bridge. There are lots of people who need help and have to wait months to be seen, by then its to late this country is all wrong

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    luckylil24

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Dont think they accidently fall they jump. It wouldn't matter how high the wall they'll find a way to jump off the bridge.

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    darren porter

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • If you took the bridge away, people would simply go to the nearest rail line. We need to look at current society and see why so many more people top themselves these days.

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    Sarky Sage

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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