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Leah Harrison: ‘Bubbly Girl’, 10, died in landslide during school trip

Image source, North Yorkshire Police

Screenshot, Leah Harrison’s death has been called a “heartbreaking tragedy”

The family of a 10-year-old girl who died in a landslide in North Yorkshire described her as a “happy, happy-go-lucky girl”.

Leah Harrison, a sixth-grade pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Darlington, was murdered on Wednesday afternoon during a school trip.

Police said they were called to the landslide in Carlton-in-Cleveland at 13:15 BST.

Her family added: “You will never, ever be forgotten, girl.”

In a statement, they said: “Leah Harrison, the happy, bubbly, carefree girl.

“The beautiful smile, the giddy laugh, the silly jokes.

“You will never be forgotten, girl. You will achieve your dream and become a Lioness player.

“Spread those wings. May you rest in paradise.”

Leah is believed to have been one of several students who were on a residential school trip following the conclusion of the SAT exams the previous week.

A Met Office yellow weather warning was issued for the area yesterday due to heavy rain.

BBC Yorkshire climate correspondent Paul Hudson said Loftus, about 20 miles away, saw a month’s rain fall in 12 hours.

Screenshot, The incident occurred near Carlton Bank, pictured, which is part of the Cleveland Way trail.

Nick Blackburn, chief executive of Leah’s school, also paid tribute, describing her as “much loved”.

In a statement, he said it was a “heartbreaking tragedy” and that “full details were still emerging.”

‘State of shock’

Blackburn said: “Leah was a much-loved part of our school and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and school staff.

“Counseling is being organized for students and staff at the school.

“We are all in shock and ask that the privacy of the family and the school community be respected as we try to come to terms with what happened.”

The Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) confirmed it sent volunteers to the incident, which occurred on Carlton Bank.

A Cleveland MRT spokesperson said 19 volunteers were “immediately deployed” before that number was increased to 30.

Screenshot, Mountain rescue teams were called to the incident on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said they worked alongside police, fire and ambulance.

“The thoughts of the mountain rescue volunteers are with the family and friends of the deceased at such a sad time,” they added.