Tragic clifftop victim was a young mother

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Coastguard search the cliff tops''w134521b

A young mum who died in a cliff fall tragedy in Whitby has been named.

Rosanne Hinchliffe, 28, was killed after falling around 100ft from cliffs close to the abbey.

Rosanne – who was known as Rosy – had only recently become a mum to a daughter named Laney.

She had been living in Halifax, with her partner.

After the incident was reported to police shortly after 8am on Sunday, November 3, a search involving several coastguard teams and the Sea King search and rescue helicopter was scrambled as it was feared a baby might be nearby.

Teams scoured the grounds of Whitby Abbey and the graveyard at St Mary’s Church, but the search was called off when it was confirmed the baby was at home, safe and well.

The following day West Yorkshire Police issued an appeal for a taxi driver who took a woman from Halifax town centre to Whitby at around 4am on Sunday morning.

Rosy leaves parents Neil and Julia and brothers Daniel and Jonny.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We are now able to name the woman who was found dead at the bottom of cliffs in Whitby on Sunday, November 3.

“She was Rosanne Hinchliffe, was aged 28 and from Halifax, West Yorkshire. The inquest was opened and adjourned in Scarborough on Friday, November 8, 2013.”

Whitby police are concerned about people jumping or falling off cliffs at the Abbey Plain after the second death there in two weeks.

Previously pensioner John Leckonby from Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, fell down the cliffs at a similar spot. Earlier this summer a policewoman fell from the top of the cliffs but survived the fall and in 2011 29-year-old chef Adam Sykes was found dead at the cliffs.

A police spokesperson confirmed they are concerned about the number of cliff deaths and people are coming to the town due to the “fond memories” of the town.