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England Lionesses pay touching Wembley tribute to ‘happy-go-lucky’ girl, 10, who was killed in a mudslide on a school trip

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England’s Lionesses paid a touching tribute to a ‘happy-go-lucky’ girl who was tragically killed in a mudslide on a school trip.

Leah Harrison, 10, was killed while on an educational forest walk at Carlton Bank on Wednesday, May 22, just days after finishing her SAT exams.

Following the tragic incident, North Yorkshire Police and a Health and Safety executive announced it would carry out a joint investigation into her death.

According to Leah’s family member Melissa Mullen, the youngster had always dreamed of playing for the Lionesses.

In recognition of this, the England’s women team captain Leah Williamson held a shirt with Leah Harrison’s name on before kick-off as they lost 2-1 to France.

England captain Leah Williamson holds a shirt in tribute to Leah Harrison as the team lines up prior to kick-off

England captain Leah Williamson holds a shirt in tribute to Leah Harrison as the team lines up prior to kick-off

Leah Harrison, 10, (pictured) from Darlington was tragically killed in a mudslide while on a school trip on May 22

Leah Harrison, 10, (pictured) from Darlington was tragically killed in a mudslide while on a school trip on May 22 

Leah appeared on the big screen at St James' Park in the 10th minute of the game to honour her memory

Leah appeared on the big screen at St James’ Park in the 10th minute of the game to honour her memory

England's Lionesses paid tribute to the 'happy-go-lucky' schoolgirl during their UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifier against France

England’s Lionesses paid tribute to the ‘happy-go-lucky’ schoolgirl during their UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifier against France

England fell to a 2-1 defeat against France. Pictured: players from both teams embrace after the final whistle

England fell to a 2-1 defeat against France. Pictured: players from both teams embrace after the final whistle

Fans attending St. James’ Park for England’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifier also came together in the 10th minute to honour the schoolgirl’s life.

A spokesperson for the FA said: ‘The FA, Lionesses players and staff were devastated to hear of the tragic passing of 10-year-old Leah Harrison. 

‘Football was a source of joy in Leah’s life and like so many young girls across the country it was her dream to play for the Lionesses.

‘As the team head to the North East, Leah and her family and friends are in our collective thoughts.

‘We ask fans to come together in the 10th minute of Friday’s game against France at St James’ Park in recognition of her life and in support of her family.

‘To Leah, you will forever be a Lioness.’ 

The schoolgirl was caught up in the disaster near Carlton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire, while on the trip to Carlton Adventure after a morning of persistent rain. 

Emergency services rushed to the scene and a major operation involving 30 mountain rescuers was launched to save her, in weather conditions they described as ‘very poor’, but she sadly died at the scene.

Leah was a ‘much-loved’ Year 6 pupil at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Darlington, County Durham.

Denise McGuckin, Managing Director of Hartlepool Borough Council, which operates Carlton Adventure, confirmed that Leah had been on an instructor-led walk at the time of the incident.

Paying tribute to Leah, family member Melissa Mullen said: ‘Leah Harrison, the happy bubbly go lucky little girl.

‘The beautiful smile, the giddy laugh, the silly jokes. You will never be forgotten baby girl.

‘You will achieve your dream and become a player for the Lionesses. Spread those wings. May you rest in paradise.’

Fans attending the game at St. James' Park, Newcastle, came together in the 10th minute to recognise Leah's life

Fans attending the game at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, came together in the 10th minute to recognise Leah’s life

Floral tributes left at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Darlington (pictured)

Floral tributes left at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Darlington (pictured)

One of the tributes left for Leah which reads 'beautiful girl fly high, please look down and help your mummy and sister'

One of the tributes left for Leah which reads ‘beautiful girl fly high, please look down and help your mummy and sister’

A map showing where the children were staying at Carlton Adventure Centre and where the mudslide happened on Carlton Bank, near North York Moors National Park

A map showing where the children were staying at Carlton Adventure Centre and where the mudslide happened on Carlton Bank, near North York Moors National Park 

A general view of Carlton Bank near Carlton-in-Cleveland

A general view of Carlton Bank near Carlton-in-Cleveland

Ms McGuckin 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.

‘Whilst the investigation is being carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.’ 

Gary Clarke, callout officer for Cleveland Mountain Rescue, said conditions were ‘very poor’.

He said: ‘It was very wet all day, quite foggy and misty up there and very cold and it made the conditions very hardgoing for the rescue.’

He said 19 rescuers initially turned out, increasing to 30 as the severity of the operation became apparent.

They used a ‘technical rope rescue system’ to recover her body from the dangerous landslip, Mr Clarke said.

He said the incident happened on a path off the Cleveland Way.

‘As far as we are aware, they were part of a school party, where exactly they started and where they were going, we’re not sure, we don’t get to see that side of things,’ he said.

‘We were acting on behalf of the police service. But there was just a school party out for a walk on the North York Moors which many schools do quite often, all year round.

‘It’s really a matter for the police investigating now, we’re not exactly sure what happened, but from what we can gather what we saw in that scene, it was just something of a freak force of nature accident.

‘It’s something that we’ve never seen or experienced before.’

Carlton Bank enshrouded by fog: The area was covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning which saw a month's worth of rain fall in 12 hours on May 22

Carlton Bank enshrouded by fog: The area was covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning which saw a month’s worth of rain fall in 12 hours on May 22 

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and other emergency services at the scene in Carlton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team and other emergency services at the scene in Carlton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire

A general view of Carlton Bank, Cleveland, North Yorkshire

A general view of Carlton Bank, Cleveland, North Yorkshire 

A general view of Carlton Bank where the mudslide happened on May 22

A general view of Carlton Bank where the mudslide happened on May 22 

The area around Carlton Bank had seen almost a month's worth of rain in a day

The area around Carlton Bank had seen almost a month’s worth of rain in a day 

Chief Executive of the Lingfield Education Trust Nick Blackburn said: ‘The full details are still emerging but this is clearly a heartbreaking tragedy.

‘Leah was a much-loved 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 with what has happened.’

Residents of Carlton-in-Cleveland have since spoken of their devastation following the tragedy.

One shocked local, who lives close to where the mudslide happened, said: ‘It’s a devastating situation.

‘We saw a tremendous amount of emergency vehicles with blue lights flying past the house. It was around 1pm when they came and 5pm when they left.

‘It was pouring with rain yesterday, which would have made the area sloppy and the rescue quite difficult. We’ve been left with a lot of questions about what happened.’

Another resident added: ‘There were three fire engines, six police cars and an air ambulance called in to help.

‘The route is on the coast to coast so it attracts walkers from all over the country.’

Carlton Adventure Centre, where the school party was staying before Leah died in mudslide

Carlton Adventure Centre, where the school party was staying before Leah died in mudslide

Gary Clarke, who assisted with rescue efforts, described weather conditions as 'very poor'

Gary Clarke, who assisted with rescue efforts, described weather conditions as ‘very poor’

One neighbour said: ‘It is very rare that someone gets hurt while walking along there.

‘It would have happened on the side of the mountain near where we live. It’s very steep. It’s a difficult route because there are a lot of old mines there.

‘Emergency services rushed past our house. Mountain rescue and police were there.

‘There were a lot of private cars as they always call in volunteers to help on these rescues. It’s very sad.’

Another anonymous local added: ‘I used to ride on the mountain as a child on my bike but they had to close it for a while to secure it.

‘The hillside surface was crumbling away but I don’t know if it’s still like that.

‘There are always hikers going up there and dog walkers.’

In a statement, North Yorkshire Police said: ‘We can confirm that one person has sadly died as a result of the incident. Our thoughts are with their family and friends during this difficult time.

‘We ask the public to avoid the area to allow our teams to work efficiently and to respect the privacy of those affected.

‘We are actively gathering information and will provide further updates as soon as we can. We would ask the public to refrain from speculation and spreading unverified information.’

The area was covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning which saw a month’s worth of rain fall in 12 hours on Wednesday.



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