Inquest into teenagers' deaths in Saltburn opened and adjourned

The inquests into the death of two teenagers has been adjourned Credit: Cleveland Police

Inquests into the deaths of two 17-year-old best friends found at the foot of cliffs have been opened and adjourned.

The bodies of Alex Yeoman and Harry Watson were found at Saltburn, in Cleveland, on March 24.

Teesside assistant coroner Jo Wharton opened inquests into their deaths with two brief, consecutive hearings at Middlesbrough Town Hall. No family members were present.

She said Mr Yeoman was an apprentice joiner who lived in Loftus and his body was identified by his mother Jane Hume, who is a carer.

The assistant coroner said Mr Watson was a student who lived in Liverton Mines. His body was identified by his father Mark, a 42-year-old warehouse operative.

More evidence will be gathered about the teenagers' deaths before the inquests are completed at a later date.

According to reports Tanya Watson, Harry's mother, believed the friends fell accidentally.

She told The Times:

"They have been having a laugh together and taking some photographs as they liked to do when for some reason they slipped and fell.

Tanya Watson

She has also thanked people for their donations towards the cost of the boys' funerals.

A page set up to raise £2,000 had reached £1,700 as of March 29th.