Mother’s death fall unexplained

Debra Mitchell
Debra Mitchell

THE investigation into a 48-year-old woman who fell to her death from a seafront flat is still being treated by police as unexplained.

Debra Mitchel, mum of three died at the scene from injuries she received after falling 30ft from a flat above the Marina Cafe in South Marine Drive in front of Bridlington Spa last Monday night.

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Originally from Liversedge in West Yorkshire she had only lived in Bridlington since November last year.

A post mortem examination on Tuesday revealed she died from injuries she received which were consistent with a fall and police say her death continues to be treated as unexplained.

A 36-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The area where she fell was cordoned off by police around 11.30pm last Monday and a forensic tent put up outside the Marina Cafe where Debra’s body lay before being removed on Tuesday.

In a statement Debra’s family said she lived and worked most of her life in the Liversedge area of West Yorkshire and leaves her three daughters and her mother.

“This is a very sad time for all those who knew and loved Debbie especially her children and mum. The support has been overwhelming and we would like to thank all of those who have passed their kind words and tributes on.

“However we would request that people acknowledge the difficult time that the loved ones are going through and respect our privacy,” said their statement.

Neighbours at the South Marine Drive flats knew little about Debra or the man police interviewed and heard nothing prior to the incident.

Friends in her home town have described her as a lovely and wonderful person who was well known to local people.

The owner of a local store where one of her three daughters had worked described her as “bubbly and always willing to have a laugh and a joke.”