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Whitby man arrested after climbing partner falls to death

Kettleness Image copyright Scott Rimmer
Image caption The men were climbing at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of his climbing partner, who fell from cliffs in North Yorkshire.

The 51-year-old man fell at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay, north of Whitby, on Friday morning.

He was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he was pronounced dead.

North Yorkshire Police said a man in his 20s from the Whitby area had been arrested and bailed.

They are appealing for people who were in the area from about 10:45 BST on Friday to contact them.

The area is popular with walkers and the Cleveland Way path goes through the village of Kettleness. Police said they believed at least two walkers were seen in the area around the same time.

Temporary Det Supt Steve Smith, said: "A full investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened.

"The family of the dead man are being supported by specially trained officers at this time."

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