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Girl, 9, who died in cliff fall was from Oxford

Harriet Forster was on a holiday with her family in Yorkshire Photo:

Police have revealed the name of a nine-year-old girl who died after rocks fell from a cliff in a seaside village in Yorkshire.

Harriet Forster from Oxford was holidaying with her family during the school holidays. They were visiting the village of Staithes, north of Whitby, when a rock fall happened near the south pier at Seaton Garth at around 4.47pm on Wednesday 8th August.

The tragedy happened at the seaside in the Yorkshire village of Staithes

The emergency services were deployed to the scene - including the Coastguard, RNLI, ambulance, air ambulance, fire and rescue service and the police. However Harriet was pronounced dead at the scene.

In their tribute Harriet's family said she was 'the light of our lives'.

"We cannot comprehend the enormity of this tragedy. Harriet was the light of our lives.

“We ask that you give us time as a family to support each other through our indescribable pain. Thank you."

– Tribute from Harriet's family
A sign asking people to think about Harriet's family during this tragic time

North Yorkshire Police are now compiling a report about the circumstances surrounding Harriet's death on behalf of the coroner.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information that could help enquiries to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option 1 to speak to the Force Control Room - and then quote reference number 12180146823.