Kettleness Point cliff death man named as Malcolm Hall from Skelton

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Image caption Malcolm Hall died when he fell from a cliff at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire

The family of a man who died when he fell from a cliff said they are "devastated" by his "sudden and tragic" death.

Malcolm Hall, 51, from Skelton near Saltburn fell from cliffs at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay, north of Whitby, on Friday morning.

His family said he was "a friend who was there whenever they needed him".

His climbing partner, a man in his 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death.

Mr Hall's family said he was also known as "Mac".

In a statement they said: "Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what.

"It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved.

"He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support."

Police appealed 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.

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