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Child killed by coastal landslide near Whitby

North Yorkshire Police has confirmed that a nine year old girl was killed by a rock fall at Staithes near Whitby yesterday afternoon.

Fire and rescue service, ambulance, air ambulance and coastguard were all in attendance, but the girl died at the scene from serious head injuries.

Despite warning signs regarding dangerous cliffs, local sources say that rock falls from the sandstone cliffs are rare.

The fatality yesterday is the first coastal landslide death since Charlotte Blackman was killed by a rock fall at Burton Bradstock in Dorset in July 2012.


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