Mr Longbottom died in the fall at Malham Cove

Mr Longbottom died in the fall at Malham Cove

Police have named the walker who fell to his death from Malham Cove earlier this week.

David Longbottom was killed in the fall at the 80m (260ft) limestone crag in the Yorkshire Dales on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old, from Ossett in West Yorkshire, was walking in the area when he was seen to fall.

Members of the Cave Rescue Organisation recovered Mr Longbottom’s body.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Mr Longbottom’s death is not being treated as suspicious and no-one 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.

David Longbottom

David Longbottom

“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 Longbottom’s movements just prior to his tragic death, please get in touch with as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Skipton police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Simon Crossley. Alternatively, information can be emailed to PC Crossley.

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