Leah Harrison's death in tragic mudslide incident reported to Teesside Coroner

Leah Harrison
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The tragic death of Leah Harrison has been passed to the Teesside coroner for investigation.

The ten-year-old lost her life during an instructor-led forest walk at Carlton Bank on Wednesday in a freak mudslide incident. Leah, a pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Darlington, was visiting Carlton Adventure, which is an outdoor education centre run by Hartlepool Council, on a school trip when tragedy struck.

A spokesperson for Teesside and Hartlepool Coroner's Service said today: "We can confirm that we are dealing with the sad death of Leah Harrison."

Emergency services flooded the beauty spot with police, paramedics and mountain rescue volunteers called to the scene on Wednesday at around 1.15pm. But, sadly the football-mad youngster passed away.

Leah was with her pals on the trip to Carlton Adventure, which offers a range of activities including residential trip for schools, colleges and youth groups. The centre remains closed which a multi-agency investigation is carried out.,

A spokesperson for Hartlepool Council said today: "The council has temporarily closed Carlton Adventure whilst investigations are taking place. No reopening date is yet confirmed. Nobody has been suspended in relation to this incident."

Yesterday Denise McGuckin, the council's managing director, 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."

Tributes have been pouring in for the youngster and scores of flowers and balloons have been left outside her school.

Leah's football team Darlington FC Youth said in a heart-breaking statement: "The club would like to express its sincere condolences for the loss of Leah Harrison who was part of Darlington Youth FC's U11 girls' team.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, and the other U11 girls who had dear friendships with Leah.

"Leah only joined our football family this season but had quickly become a popular member amongst the girls. She was a joy to coach — always smiling and trying her best — and had shown big improvements during her time with us. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this terrible time."

Leah's devastated family has also paid tribute to the youngster. 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."

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