beachy head is a famous beauty spot on the south coast in East Sussex, close to Eastbourne.
The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK – 531ft above sea level – giving spectacular views but due to its height it is also a notorious suicide spot.
Officials recovered a body on June 25
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Are people committing suicide?
There has been a spate of deaths at Beachy Head recently.
Just recently, on June 23 the bodies of three men were found near the bottom of the drop.
It came a week after seven people were found, including a mother and her son.
The men’s deaths are not being treated as suspicious, and officers do not believe them to be linked.
One of the men from the previous week may have been a suicide tourist who travelled to the UK to end their life at the world famous cliffs, it was claimed.
Cheryl Tompsett, 42, and her five-year-old son Leo, both from Maidstone, Kent, were found after a suspected murder-suicide.
The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team has responded to more than 5,500 incidents since 2004.
More than 350,000 people visit the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year.
What is happening at the iconic cliffs?
The area appears to have been called Beachy Head around 1724.
The name has nothing to do with any beach but is a corruption of the original French phrase ‘beau chef’ meaning beautiful headland.
The area made an appearance in the 2005 film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when it was used for hosting the Quidditch World Cup.
Estimates say there are around 20 deaths a year at Beachy Head.
The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team conducts regular day and evening patrols of the area in attempts to locate and stop potential jumpers.
In recent weeks ten bodies have been recovered from the area
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Workers at the local pub and taxi drivers are also on the look-out for people contemplating suicide, and there are posted signs with the telephone number of the Samaritans urging potential jumpers to call them.
Beachy Head is said to be the third most popular place to commit suicide in the world – after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Japan’s Aokigahara Woods.
At least 26 people died at the site in 2008.
The Samaritans are available 24/7. Anyone with issues relating to this story can ring them for free on 116 123. You do not have to feel suicidal to call.
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