Eastbourne OAP drives mobility scooter over Beachy Head

UPDATE: An elderly man who drove his mobility scooter off Beachy Head yesterday afternoon has been named as Victor Newton, 81, from Langney in Eastbourne.

Sussex Police , who were called to the suicide hotspot at 2.45pm yesterday, said today they were not treating the death as suspicious. The coroner has been informed.

A spokesman for the force said: “We received a call from a member of the public reporting an elderly male on an invalid scooter falling over the edge of the clifftop near the Beachy Head pub.”

The pensioner’s body was retrieved by Royal National Lifeboat Institution crews from Eastbourne and Birling Gap.

Once he has been identified police are expected to prepare a report for the East Sussex coroner about the circumstances of the fall.

Officers were taking statements from witnesses at the scene yesterday afternoon.

Jack Froud, who was working at the Beachy Head pub, said staff were aware a tragedy had occurred.

He said: “There was quite a scene. It went on for a good half an hour.

“Staff said there were police cars, and they had the lifeboat helicopter and the chaplains down there. It is not really an uncommon thing here.”

The death came days after a 36-year-old man survived a fall from cliffs nearby. He was flown to King’s College Hospital in London to be treated for severe head injuries after the fall on Tuesday.

According to the most recent figures published by the Beachy Head chaplaincy team, who intervene to stop people killing themselves, in June this year 63 clifftop searches took place and 21 people were rescued. Five bodies were recovered. In May 17 people were rescued after 61 alerts. One body was recovered.

Anyone who saw what happened on Sunday is asked to call Sussex Police on 101.

Did you know Mr Newton? Email anna.roberts@theargus.co.uk .

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10:01am Mon 6 Aug 12

Goldenwight says...

An elderly man drove his mobility scooter off Beachy Head as horrified day-trippers looked on unable to stop him yesterday afternoon.

How, exactly, do we know this? There are certainly no comments from "horrified day-trippers" included in the story. Did he fall or did he jump?
An elderly man drove his mobility scooter off Beachy Head as horrified day-trippers looked on unable to stop him yesterday afternoon. How, exactly, do we know this? There are certainly no comments from "horrified day-trippers" included in the story. Did he fall or did he jump? Goldenwight

10:20am Mon 6 Aug 12

GIVE UP says...

Goldenwight wrote:
An elderly man drove his mobility scooter off Beachy Head as horrified day-trippers looked on unable to stop him yesterday afternoon.

How, exactly, do we know this? There are certainly no comments from "horrified day-trippers" included in the story. Did he fall or did he jump?
Read The SUN
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: An elderly man drove his mobility scooter off Beachy Head as horrified day-trippers looked on unable to stop him yesterday afternoon. How, exactly, do we know this? There are certainly no comments from "horrified day-trippers" included in the story. Did he fall or did he jump?[/p][/quote]Read The SUN GIVE UP

10:26am Mon 6 Aug 12

chrisinbrighton says...

no he drove !!
no he drove !! chrisinbrighton

10:36am Mon 6 Aug 12

Nathan_Adler says...

Terribly sad, whether it was an accident or suicide.

May the old boy rest in peace.
Terribly sad, whether it was an accident or suicide. May the old boy rest in peace. Nathan_Adler

10:39am Mon 6 Aug 12

Goldenwight says...

chrisinbrighton wrote:
no he drove !!
Fair comment.
[quote][p][bold]chrisinbrighton[/bold] wrote: no he drove !![/p][/quote]Fair comment. Goldenwight

10:46am Mon 6 Aug 12

Crystal Ball says...

Nathan_Adler wrote:
Terribly sad, whether it was an accident or suicide.

May the old boy rest in peace.
Agree completely.
[quote][p][bold]Nathan_Adler[/bold] wrote: Terribly sad, whether it was an accident or suicide. May the old boy rest in peace.[/p][/quote]Agree completely. Crystal Ball

2:27pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Achoo! says...

Poor bloke. Hope his family are okay. Always sad when someone sees no other way out. Rest in peace.
Poor bloke. Hope his family are okay. Always sad when someone sees no other way out. Rest in peace. Achoo!

2:38pm Mon 6 Aug 12

mimseycal says...

We are assuming it is suicide are we? Those mobility scooters are fantastic in that they can grant independent mobility for those who would otherwise become burdens to their friends and relatives much sooner. However they aren't fool-proof.
We are assuming it is suicide are we? Those mobility scooters are fantastic in that they can grant independent mobility for those who would otherwise become burdens to their friends and relatives much sooner. However they aren't fool-proof. mimseycal

3:51pm Mon 6 Aug 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide. getThisCoalitionOut

3:57pm Mon 6 Aug 12

D360 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
I don't think this is the story to be trying to make political points on, especially when you know nothing of the circumstances
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]I don't think this is the story to be trying to make political points on, especially when you know nothing of the circumstances D360

4:16pm Mon 6 Aug 12

John Fallon says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
And maybe you're a nasty little political hack who has no sense of when it's appropriate to comment and when it isn't.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]And maybe you're a nasty little political hack who has no sense of when it's appropriate to comment and when it isn't. John Fallon

9:20pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Jostro says...

John Fallon wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
And maybe you're a nasty little political hack who has no sense of when it's appropriate to comment and when it isn't.
Well said. My thoughts and best wishes to the family.
[quote][p][bold]John Fallon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]And maybe you're a nasty little political hack who has no sense of when it's appropriate to comment and when it isn't.[/p][/quote]Well said. My thoughts and best wishes to the family. Jostro

10:49pm Mon 6 Aug 12

Vigilia says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
Quote your evidence please.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]Quote your evidence please. Vigilia

11:27pm Mon 6 Aug 12

mimseycal says...

Vigilia wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
Quote your evidence please.
Evidence? There isn't any.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]Quote your evidence please.[/p][/quote]Evidence? There isn't any. mimseycal

12:34am Tue 7 Aug 12

mimseycal says...

Those 'blimmin scooters' are a life line to many an individual with restricted mobility.
Those 'blimmin scooters' are a life line to many an individual with restricted mobility. mimseycal

10:37am Tue 7 Aug 12

Helena Handcart says...

D360 wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.
I don't think this is the story to be trying to make political points on, especially when you know nothing of the circumstances
Or to be pedantic or your usual obnoxious self on eh? Plod
[quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Maybe this was another of the governments victims from having his benefits stopped - ATOS are forcing many sick and disabled people to commit suicide.[/p][/quote]I don't think this is the story to be trying to make political points on, especially when you know nothing of the circumstances[/p][/quote]Or to be pedantic or your usual obnoxious self on eh? Plod Helena Handcart

1:46pm Tue 7 Aug 12

RogerWQ says...

About time they put a fence up?
About time they put a fence up? RogerWQ

2:17pm Tue 7 Aug 12

boblat says...

Remove my comment, why don't you Argus??
Remove my comment, why don't you Argus?? boblat

2:17pm Tue 7 Aug 12

boblat says...

Remove my comment, why don't you Argus??
Remove my comment, why don't you Argus?? boblat

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