This is part IV in my series on Epic Fail - how the Police media unit, our local paper and the gormless Michael Mapstone of the Daily Telegraph got a story so terribly wrong.
For those that came in late, I suggest you click on the Epic Fail link and read parts I-III.
Here is Lysaght Park, which a stolen car driven by a drunken teenage driver supposedly "careered" across. Except that the car did not career across this bit of park, which is the park proper.
Instead, the car went across that narrow strip of grass where the tree is.
This is what it looks like when the tide is in - there is maybe a foot of water where it meets the sea wall. And that would be generous.
The sea wall comes out of the mud at a 45 degree angle, and then rises in a "sheer" wall to where it meets the grass. The "sheer drop" is all of 800mm (which you can see me measuring in the photo below). Note the "rock ledge" at the top where the wall meets the grass.
800mm. That's 80cm, or 31.5 inches in old speak. Or a bit over 2 1/2 feet.
The distance to the mud (sorry, that would be "rocks" to the Police Media Unit) is 2.4 metres on the slant. 2400mm. 240 centimetres. 94.5 inches. 7 feet and 10 inches.
Diagramatically, it looks like this from side on. The green bit at the top is grass (the "park"). The blue bit at the bottom is where the fish with three eyeballs swim. It's not really water - more a mixture of toxic sludge and viagra.
Here are some measurements for you.
Since I have forgotten almost all the maths I ever took in, someone else will have to work out the value for the red dotted line. The lower rock wall slopes down at about 45 degrees, if that helps.
Whichever way you look at it, it is not a 5 metre drop. Even I can work that out.