First picture emerges of 'much-loved' schoolgirl killed in mudslide tragedy

A photo of the schoolgirl who tragically was killed during a mudslide on a school outing has been released. Leah Harrison died on a school outing to the scenic spot of Carlton-in-Cleveland on Wednesday, May 22.

Leah, a pupil at Mount Pleasant School in Darlington, was on a school trip at Carlton Adventure - an outdoor activities centre within North Yorkshire National Park - at the time of the incident. The police confirmed that the incident happened around 1.15pm and sadly resulted in one fatality.

A photo has now been released of Leah, showing her in a purple dress. In a heartfelt statement, released via the police, Leah's devastated family said: "Leah Harrison, the happy bubbly go lucky little girl. The beautiful smile, the giddy laugh the silly jokes. You will never ever be forgotten baby girl You will achieve your dream and become a player for the lionesses, spread those wings. May you rest in paradise."

Denise McGuckin, managing director of Hartlepool Council, which operates Carlton Adventure, has confirmed that a probe is now ongoing following the incident. She said: "We can confirm that a tragic incident occurred during one of the Centre’s instructor-led outdoor education forest walks near to Carlton-in-Cleveland yesterday.

"We are utterly devastated and heartbroken and our thoughts are with Leah’s family and friends and all those affected. We are working closely with our partner agencies to carry out a full investigation and we are temporarily suspending all outdoor activities and residential breaks managed by the council. Whilst the investigation is being carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."