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Cliff death of Logan Crawford leads to calls for new safety measures

By Chris Kilpatrick

The death of a seven-year-old boy has prompted calls for greater safety measures at the cliff top from which he fell to prevent further tragedies.

Logan Crawford died on Sunday after the 60ft fall close to his home in Ballycastle, Co Antrim

Three years ago a 47-year-old woman lost her life in the same area.

Karen Coyles' body was discovered in Scotland in 2011, a fortnight after she went missing. It is understood she fell from the same spot.

The field in which Logan had been playing is adjacent to two popular caravan parks, which are thronged with young families every summer.

Residents in the area yesterday said it was vital action was taken to warn visitors of the dangers, with some calling for greater fencing to secure the coastal route.

Padraig McShane, an independent Moyle District councillor, said he was aware of the concerns.

"Given what happened to young Logan maybe now is the time to consider greater safety measures," Mr McShane said.

"There have been a lot of accidents in the area over the years."

Dozens took to social media to call for action to be taken ahead of the peak tourist season when thousands of tourists travel to the Co Antrim town.

A woman who lives beside the field said that when her children were young she was terrified of them wandering into the field and onto the cliff edge.

"People know it's so dangerous," the woman said. "When my children were young the fear was always they would run over the field. It is so sad."

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