Glasgow cabbie's emotional appeal for emergency lifeline phones at River Clyde - Glasgow Live

Stef Shaw has campaigned tirelessly for phones to be installed in a bid to save lives on the river.

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A Glasgow cabbie has launched a campaign to have emergency telephones installed on the banks of the River Clyde to prevent suicide.

Stef Shaw, 50, is taking action after a series of tragic incidents on the river – and has met with Anderston Community Council and other local groups in a bid to make these "lifelines" a reality.

The Dennistoun dad-of-two told Glasgow Live : "Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone was born 50 miles from the Clyde and we don't have them where we seriously need them.

"The telephone is the best invention in history – no other device has saved as many lives. These people are suffering from mental health issues and feel they have no one to turn to.

"We have life belts and CCTV, but these won't really help people until they are in the water. It's all too little, too late.

"These phones might be expensive but you can't put a price on life. If it saves even one person, it will all be worth it."

Stef, known as The Glasgow Cabbie, has gained worldwide recognition for his poetry since he penned his first verse in reaction to the Bin Lorry Crash in 2014.

He was inspired to push for emergency telephones after the emotional response to his mental health poem One More Chance last year.

The project has since been backed by doctors, mental health experts, charity volunteers and families who have lost loved ones to suicide, Stef said.

He explains that six vandal-proof, intercom-style phones would be installed along a mile of the River Clyde which provide a hotline to the Samaritans – and would also be vandalism proof.

He added: "I'm fed up of seeing helicopters hovering above the city, searching for people in the river – of people walking down there and losing their lives because no one is there to shout for them. People are dying in the Clyde all the time.

"This is for the people, from the people – and the response has been overwhelming."

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