Thousands sign petition for canal side barriers in city centre

Over 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for barriers to be put up alongside Manchester’s canals.

It comes after the death of a Northumberland teenager whose body was found in a city waterway.

Teenager Charlie Pope’s tragic death has led to the petition being launched on The 19-year-old student’s body was found in Manchester’s Rochdale Canal on 2 March.

Charlie, from Ponteland, was in the first year of a social sciences degree at the University of Manchester.

The petition calls for safety barriers to be built along Manchester’s canals following the latest tragic death. A Freedom of Information Request released in 2016 revealed 61 bodies were found in the city’s canals between 2008 and 2014.

The petition reads: “People keep dying by falling into the canals around Greater Manchester. Some of these deaths could be prevented if the council, canal and river trust, the Bridgewater Canal Company Ltd and Peel Group put up barriers to protect people.”

By the morning of 6 March, 15,101 people had signed the petition, including some of Charlie’s friends and acquaintances.

Victoria Gardner wrote: “I’m signing because Charlie was a bright boy with everything to live for and my daughter is devastated to lose one of her ex-classmates in such a senseless way. RIP Charlie.”

Helen Lever signed, adding: “This is a tragedy should not befall any family. The pain is more unbearable as it has befallen the devoted son of a lovely friend and her dear family. May this never happen again.”

People who signed the petition pointed out that many people have died in Manchester’s canals and they believe barriers would be a simple way of preventing further deaths.

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