Tributes to girl who died in mudslide

Published date24 May 2024
Publication titleHuddersfield Daily Examiner
Year Six pupil Leah Harrison, from Darlington, died following an incident at Carlton Bank on the edge of the North York Moors on Wednesday

A major operation involving 30 mountain rescuers was launched to save her, as heavy rain fell in the area, but she could not be saved.

In a statement, Leah's family said yesterday: "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."

Leah was a pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School, which is part of Lingfield Education Trust.

Its chief executive Nick Blackburn said: "The full details are still emerging but this is clearly a heartbreaking tragedy.

"Leah was a muchloved part of our school and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and the school staff.

"Counselling is being arranged within the school for pupils and staff.

"We are all in a state of shock and we would ask that the privacy of the family and the school community is respected while we try to come to terms...

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