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Cliff Jumping Declines in Weston

Jumping off the cliffs at Devil’s Glen was more common in the 1980s than today, Police Chief John Troxell says. It is illegal to swim or jump off the cliffs in that area. When it was more popular, a police officer was stationed there to flush the kids away.

“We still get groups going up there, but it’s not like it used to be,” said Troxell. No injuries have been reported in 20 to 25 years, he said. “We have made numerous arrests for trespassing – especially for repeat offenders.”

Five suicides have occurred in the area of Devil’s Glen since Troxell began working at the Weston Police Department. In the 1970s, before his career with the department, a fatality occurred at Devil’s Glen when kids were camping in the woods. One kid began to wander, came up on a cliff and fell off, said Troxell. His body was later found down the river.

A group of kids was driving around town on Friday looking for the cliff, commonly known as "Devil's Dander" at Devil's Glen. Parking is limited in the area, and there's no sign directing illegal swimmers where to trespass. Jumpers might mistakenly go to Devil's Den Preserve off Pent Road in Weston. The kids' car, a black Jeep, never showed up at the cliff. Maybe they'll try again another day.

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