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Saltburn cliff deaths: Head teacher 'devastated'

Harry Watson (left) and Alex Yeoman Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption Harry Watson (left) was described as "precious" and Alex Yeoman was described as a "loving son" in family tributes

The former head teacher of two teenagers who were found dead at the bottom of a cliff said she is devastated by their deaths.

The bodies of Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman were found by officers at Huntcliff in Saltburn, at about 19:00 GMT on Friday.

The 17-year-olds had been pupils at Freebrough Academy in Brotton.

Principal Rachel Prentice said a moment of silence will be observed and pupils are being supported.

Image caption Flowers have been left at the scene for the two friends
Image caption The 17-year-olds were described as "very positive members" of their school

She said: "We are both shocked and saddened by the devastating news of our ex-students. Our first thoughts are with their friends and families.

"We are a very close knit community so the devastating loss of these two lovely young men, who had so much to live for, will have a huge impact on both students and staff.

"They were both very positive members of our school team and we have very fond memories of them."

The school is also opening a book a of condolence for each boy.

Cleveland Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances but said they were not treating the deaths as suspicious.

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