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Secret suicide

May 23 2009
Coroner records a verdict of suicide after a local homeless plunged off Beachy Head A member of a Sussex suicide prevention charity tried to talk a local homeless man out of committing suicide but failed to convince him. Frontline team member Heather Luxford was on the cliff when Mr Champin prepared to jump. Clair McGinty-Gibbs, team leader at the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team (BHCT), said the cliff was a well known location for suicide attempts, with at least 20 people trying to end their lives there every year. "Ms Luxford tried to speak him out of it but she couldn't," said Ms McGinty-Gibbs. The BHCT and HM Coroner Alan Craze would not expand on the events before and after Renaud Champin, 51, plunged off Beachy Head cliff in June, fearing that publicity would spark more suicides and undermine confidentiality. The deployment of volunteer patrols at suicide hot spots like this one aims to reduce this rate. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide in November.