THE man who fell to his death from a North Yorkshire cliff has been named by police as Malcolm Hall.

Mr Hall, 51, from Skelton near Saltburn, fell from cliffs at Kettleness near Runswick Bay on Friday while collecting Whitby jet from the coastline.

Mr Hall's family said they were "devastated by the sudden and tragic death", in a statement released today.

It said: "Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what.

"It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved. 

"He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support."

A man in his twenties was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following Mr Hall's death, and has since been released on bail.