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Police witness appeal after a suspected accidental death at Malham Cove

November 6, 2014, 6:31 pm

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a man out walking in the area died at Malham Cove.

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

The victim is a 72-year-old man from Osset, West Yorkshire, who was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. We are not in a position to release the name of the man who died at this time.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and no one else is being sought in connection with the incident. However, police enquiries are being carried out on behalf of the coroner to investigate the circumstances leading up to the tragic death.

The man was wearing black walking trousers, lumberjack checked shirt, black sleeveless jacket black North Face walking shoes and carrying a blue rucksack.

Detective Sergeant Steve Menzies, of Harrogate CID, said: “Although I do not believe there are suspicious circumstances surrounding this death, I urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen someone matching the description of the man who died to get in touch with the police as soon as possible, so that I can establish his movements prior to the incident.”

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

101 – The police non-emergency number

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