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Man who died at Malham Cove named and photo issued

November 7, 2014, 6:29 pm

North Yorkshire Police have released the name of the man who died at Malham Cove while walking in the area.

The incident occurred at around 4.30pm on Wednesday 5 November 2014, when the man was seen to fall at the cove.

He was David Longbottom, who was aged 72 and from Ossett, West Yorkshire.

Mr Longbottom’s death is not being treated as suspicious and noone else is being sought in connection with the incident. However, police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the circumstances leading up his death on behalf of the Coroner.

When he died, Mr Longbottom was wearing black walking trousers, lumberjack checked shirt, a black sleeveless jacket, black North Face walking shoes and carrying a blue rucksack.

PC Simon Crossley, of Craven Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you were in the Malham Cove area and can help identify Mr Longbottoms movements just prior to his tragic death, please get in touch with as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can assist with this enquiry should contact Skipton police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Simon Crossley. Alternatively, information can be emailed to

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