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Historic Berwick walls 'need better safety signs'

6th May 2010 | Warning Signs

Safety sign provision needs to be improved at a historic tourist venue in Berwick, according to a new survey.

In the past 20 years, there have been more than 30 injuries, including five deaths, at the town's 16th-century Elizabethan walls, which rise as high as 15m in certain areas.

The most recent death occurred in September 2007, with the coroner subsequently asking English Heritage and Northumberland County Council to conduct a safety review of the site.

Although the results suggested that no major improvements are required, respondents strongly supported improving safety signs to warn visitors about the dangers of the walls.

The survey also recommended prioritising warnings signs over those containing historical information and including more ground-level signs near particularly hazardous sections.

According to the Journal, the English Heritage recently upgraded signs around the attraction, providing pictograms and warning parents to supervise their children at all times.

A huge figure of £128,648 was reportedly spent on the fortification of Berwick during the Elizabethan period.

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