Mother and son, 5, found dead at Beachy Head cliffs have been named

This is the first picture of a smiling five-year-old boy found dead alongside his mum at the notorious cliffs at Beachy Head.

Little Leo Tompsett and his 42-year-old mother Cheryl Tompsett were discovered by emergency crews on Monday morning.

Leo’s body was found on a ledge half-way down the cliff near Eastbourne, East Sussex, while his mother was found on the beach.

Sussex Police today named the pair, both from Maidstone, Kent, as an investigation continues into their tragic deaths.

In an emotional tribute to his son, Leo’s dad described the youngster as a "shining light" who had his "life cut short".

He said: "With more sadness and hurt than anyone can imagine, our precious Leo who was our shining light, our brightest star has had his life cut short.

"We all miss him an amount beyond what anyone else can imagine and would request that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Police say Leo and Cheryl’s bodies were discovered by officers and coastguards at around 7am on Monday.

The coroner has been informed.

Detective Inspector Simon Dunn, of Sussex Police, said: "Our investigation continues in this tragic case, however, at this time, there is nothing to suggest that anyone else was involved in their deaths.

"Detectives are in the process of piecing together the last moments of their lives.”

A spokesman for the RNLI said on Monday: "The Eastbourne lifeboat was launched at 6am this morning to Beachy Head and recovered a casualty from the beach.

"The casualty was then passed to the police coroner."

Police say there is nothing to suggest Leo was disabled, despite earlier reports.

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