Are these your kids?



FOOLISH children are risking their lives day after hot day by jumping off bridges in the Tweed Shire in the pursuit of a momentary rush.

Up to 12 children were spotted this week jumping from the Tweed bypass bridge during school hours as irresponsible adults looked on.

Tweed Police have hit out at the practise, which they fear may end tragically sooner rather than later.

Acting inspector Linda Harrison has urged everyone in the community to dob in bridge jumpers for their own protection.

"If people call we will go. This is about their own protection," she said.

"Bridge jumping is incredibly dangerous and very distressing for parents to watch.

?"These children could land wrong and break their neck or get run over.

"The Tweed bypass bridge is excessively high. Traffic is moving very quickly along it and it is dangerous if motorists were to look away to watch the children even for a second."

One irate motorist reported almost hitting one of the children as the boy ran across the road to jump off the bridge on Wednesday afternoon.

Acting Inspector Harrison said police would increase patrols over bridges for the remainder of the hot weather in an effort to prevent an accident.

"There are also youth liaison officers who may decide to work with the schools," she said.



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