Durham's student newspaper, Palatinate, published this powerful front page at the end of last week:
The tragic events have resulted in prime minister David Cameron backing a petition calling for better security along Durham's river paths.
Writing in an editorial entitled "Enough. Now, something has to change", Palatinate's editor-in-chief, Chris Somers, said:
Our front page on Thursday carried a straightforward message that I hope will have resonated with everyone: enough.
It's a message that has well and truly hit home after the discovery of Euan Coulthard's body over a fortnight ago followed by the dramatic rescue of a student from the river on Friday morning.
The deaths of Sope Peters and Luke Pearce were met with empty rhetoric and broken promises of improved riverside safety.
Three deaths in the Wear in 14 months. Three young lives lost completely unnecessarily. Enough is enough. Now, something has to change.
Somers said "the blame game has been in full swing", with the authorities calling for students to take more responsibility for their actions and students claiming those in charge are victim-blaming.
Last week, Durham students and the police expressed similar views to BuzzFeed News.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is set to conduct a review of safety in the city and will report back to the council soon.
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