Tyne & Wear

Emma Newton's tree fall death leaves students shocked

Scene of tree death in Corbridge
Image caption Emma Newton was described as a popular student

Tributes have been paid to a student who died when a tree fell on to a car in high winds in Northumberland.

Emma Newton, 18, from Hexham, died at the scene in Corchester Lane, Corbridge, on Monday afternoon.

She was a sixth form student at Queen Elizabeth High School (QEH), in Hexham, where pupils were said to be "deeply shocked and saddened".

The area was experiencing gusts of almost 80mph at the time the tree came down.

Neil Morrison, head teacher at QEH, said Emma was a popular and outgoing student and would be greatly missed.

He said fellow sixth formers were told the news at a specially-arranged assembly.

Talented dancer

Support from bereavement counsellors was being provided to staff and students.

Mr Morrison said: "Students and staff at Queen Elizabeth High School are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Emma Newton yesterday.

"Emma was an extremely popular and outgoing student who had contributed much to the life of the school.

"She was a highly talented dancer who had participated with distinction in many dance performances and drama productions and was looking forward to developing her career in this area.

"She will be greatly missed."

He expressed his sympathies to Emma's family and said it would support them in whatever way it could.

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