The safety of the River Avon would be greatly improved if metal railings were installed permanently, experts have said.

Avon and Somerset Police and Bath and North East Somerset Council commissioned a report into the safety of a stretch of the river after three deaths.

As a result, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommended that metal railings should be installed in the area between Windsor Bridge and Churchill Bridge.

The report stated that authorities should "look to providing edge protection along the towpath to prevent accidental falling/tripping/slipping into the river", reveals This is Bath.

Councillor David Dixon, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, explained that there are some long-term solutions - such as putting up security fencing - that will need to be given great consideration.

This follows a report in the Dorset Echo that suggested a footbridge at Newton's Cove is now a security risk after metal railings were stolen.

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