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Suicide hot spot.

Beachy Head is a beautiful place. White vertical cliffs rising to 535 feet above the sea. Very sadly about 80 people each year fall to their death from these cliffs. Occasionally people drive their car over the edge, sometimes with unwilling passengers. It is the 3rd most popular spot for suicides in the world. Some are suicides, some are accidents, some are murder. On January the 9th 2000 Paula Ramsden mother of 2 young children fell to her death during a night time stroll along the edge with her husband. Her friends and family said she hated heights and would never walk in a place like Beachy Head. Her husband had recently increased her life insurance to 225,000, he was also having an affair. Mr Alan Graze was the coroner at the inquest into her death. He decided that although he believed Mr Ramsden was not telling the truth about the incident he would record an "open" verdict on her death. This means nobody will be charged with causing her death.
Sunset at Beachy Head.
Sunset at Beachy Head.
Another suicide.
Another suicide.
A life saved ?
A life saved ?
Suicide.
Suicide.
This is a popular spot for going over.
This is a popular spot for going over.
Its a long way down to the rocks.
Its a long way down to the rocks.
A recent commemoration
A recent commemoration
Plan of the Beachy Head area.
Plan of the Beachy Head area.
Beachy Head lighthouse.
Beachy Head lighthouse.
Looking down to the beach.
Looking down to the beach.
PC Harry Ward.
PC Harry Ward.
The sea is very shallow below the cliffs of Beachy Head.
The sea is very shallow below the cliffs of Beachy Head.
Taken quite a few years ago.
Taken quite a few years ago.
Streaky beach.
Streaky beach.
The footpath along the edge of the cliff.
The footpath along the edge of the cliff.
Lloyds signalling tower.
Lloyds signalling tower.
Looking to the left from Beachy Head.
Looking to the left from Beachy Head.
Beachy Head looking east.
Beachy Head looking east.
Tourists taking pictures of the Light house.
Tourists taking pictures of the Light house.
Coast guard races to check out a possible.
Coast guard races to check out a possible.
Late afternoon at the lighthouse.
Late afternoon at the lighthouse.
The sky over Beachy Head.
The sky over Beachy Head.
The Belle Toute
The Belle Toute
Waiting for a call.
Waiting for a call.
Beachy Head Lighthouse
Beachy Head Lighthouse