Leah Harrison death: Investigation launched after schoolgirl dies in mudslide

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A investigation is underway into the tragic death of 10-year-old Leah Harrison during a school trip.

The pupil from Mount Pleasant School in Darlington was on an outing at Carlton Adventure, an outdoor activities centre in North Yorkshire National Park, when she was killed by a mudslide on Wednesday, May 22. The distressing event unfolded around 1.15pm, with police confirming the fatality following the mudslide.

Denise McGuckin, Hartlepool Council's managing director, which operates Carlton Adventure, stated: "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."

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"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."

In response to the emergency, the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team deployed 30 members to the scene amid reports of a mudslide, conducting a rescue operation throughout the afternoon. The area had experienced heavy rainfall prior to the incident.

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In a poignantly emotional statement issued through the police, Leah's heartbroken family conveyed: "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.", reports Wales Online.