Northumberland community devastated by tragic death of 16-year-old

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A Northumberland headteacher has said that everyone associated with her school is devastated by the death of one of its ‘talented and much-loved’ pupils.

Josh Smith, 16, died after reportedly falling from cliffs at Spittal, Berwick, in the early hours of Sunday.

Berwick Academy headteacher Alexis Widdowson said: “Staff, governors and students of Berwick Academy are devastated by the tragic death of one of our much-loved students.

“Josh Smith was a talented boy who touched the hearts of all those who knew him and he will live on in our memories.

“Our thoughts, now, are with his family and closest friends and we offer them our sincerest condolences.”

Josh played for Berwick Rugby Club’s under 16s team and on the club’s Facebook page, Colin Frame posted the message: “Tragically we lost one of our rugby family last night.

“On behalf of everyone at Berwick Rugby Club, but especially his Under 16 coaches and fellow players, we send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

“At times like this it is difficult to make sense of the world but at times like this we will pull together as a Club to try. RIP Josh. ‪#‎oneclub‬”

Enquiries are ongoing into to establish the circumstances surrounding the death, however police believe there was no third party involvement.

Anyone who may have seen the teenager in the area of the Spittal Point cliffs in early hours of Sunday, April 5, is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 181 05/04/15.

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