Key details in Leah Harrison's heart-wrenching death and how Carlton school trip ended in fatality

Much-loved youngster Leah Harrison tragically died in a freak mudslide incident while on an instructor-led forest walk.

The 10-year-old was on a school trip on Wednesday with Hartlepool Council-run Carlton Adventure, an outdoor education centre, when she lost her life. Emergency services flooded the beauty spot with police, paramedics and mountain rescue volunteers called to the scene.

Tragically however, they weren't able to save Leah who has been described by her family as a "bubbly" little girl who will never been forgotten.

They 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."

But how did this school trip end in tragedy? Here's everything we know so far:

What has happened?

North Yorkshire Police has confirmed they responded to a mudslide at Carlton-in-Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon. Officers said the incident happened at around 1.15pm and Darlington youngster Leah Harrison lost her life.

A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that one person has sadly died as a result of the incident. Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time."

Leah, a pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School, was on a school trip at Carlton Adventure at the time of the tragedy. Denise McGuckin, Hartlepool council's managing director confirmed the incident happened during one of Carlton Adventure's instructor-led outdoor education forest walks.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed no-one else was injured.

Which emergency services were called?

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, police, ambulance and fire crews all attended and a cordon was put in place.

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team said they were called by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to a report of a mudslide near to Carlton Bank. A very short time later they were also contacted by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with a similar report.

Nineteen Cleveland MRT members were deployed, eventually rising to thirty at the scene during the course of the afternoon and working alongside emergency service colleagues including the North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, as well as the ambulance services.

Where did the incident happen?

The tragedy involving Leah Harrison happened during a Carlton Adventure instructor-led outdoor education forest walk. Carlton-in-Cleveland residents say the incident happened in woods at the top of Raisdale Road, although this has not been confirmed by authorities.

Denise McGuckin, managing director of Hartlepool Council, which operates Carlton Adventure, 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."

What have Leah's family said?

Leah's devastated relatives paid tribute to the youngster, who dreamed of becoming an England women's Lioness footballer, via North Yorkshire Police.

In a statement, the family of the 10-year-old, from Darlington, 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."

North Yorkshire Police said that Leah's family are being supported by specially-trained officers and said: "Please respect their privacy, and give them time and space to grieve."

They released a picture of their precious girl wearing a beautiful lilac-coloured gown.

Leah Harrison who tragically died during a mudslide
Cleveland Mountain Rescue volunteers rushed to the scene on Wednesday afternoon

What has Leah's school said?

Nick Blackburn, Chief Executive Officer of Lingfield Education Trust spoke to Teesside Live outside of the Newton Lane school.

He said: "Leah Harrison was a much-loved Year 6 pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School. The full details are still emerging but this was clearly a heart-breaking tragedy.

"She was much-loved, as I say, and thoughts and prayers are with Leah's family, her friends, and the school staff. We are all in a state of shock as you can imagine, and we'd just ask please that the privacy of her family and the school community is respected whilst we try to come to terms with what's happened."

Flowers, balloons and a soft toy football were left on school grounds too.

Is the incident being investigated?

A HSE spokesperson said it was aware of the incident and was working with North Yorkshire Police on a joint investigation." Hartlepool Council, which runs Carlton Adventure, is also probing what happened.

What have Carlton residents said?

Walker Andrew Thomas, 43, who lives nearby to the incident site, said: "I couldn't believe when I saw what happened - she was so young. The weather has been biblical so I'm not surprised there was a mudslide but for it happen at the moment is devastating.

"I have kids myself and couldn't imagine it."

Another walker, retired Peter Wilson, 59, described the death as 'heartbreaking'. He said: "It's utterly heartbreaking, a young girl like that has her whole life ahead of her and I can't imagine the impact it has had on the other children and her family.

"There's some lovely walking routes this way but the weather is dangerous and the rain has been constant. There's still flooding and standing water people underestimate how dangerous it is."