Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tragic Cliff-Plunge Teenager 'Had No Training in Climbing'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tragic Cliff-Plunge Teenager 'Had No Training in Climbing'

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A TEENAGER who fell to his death from a Welsh mountain while on a Scouts trip had 'no walking experience and was not trained in climbing activities', a coroner has said.

An inquest into the death of Ben Leonard, from Reddish in Stockport, was opened yesterday in Ruthin, north Wales.

The hearing was told the 17-year-old was in Llandudno with a group of Scouts and was out walking on the Great Orme headland when tragedy struck on August 26. Ben, who would have turned 18 in November, is believed to have fallen around 200ft.

Medics fought to save him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

John Gittins, coroner for North Wales east and central, told the Ruthin County Hall hearing the student had 'no walking experience and was not trained in climbing activities.' .

He said Ben fell from a 'considerable height' of around 200ft. …

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