Tributes to teen killed in North Wales Quarry

Headteacher tells Heart that James Beck was a "caring and gracious young man"

A full investigation is underway after James Beck, 14, died after falling into a quarry in Meliden on Thursday night, locals have told Heart that it is known to be a popular place for young people to meet

A Sea King helicopter based at RAF Valley in Anglesey went to the scene and flew him to the nearby Glad Clwyd hospital, the North East Wales Search and Rescue organisation were also called to help.

In a statement Phil Pierce, Head of Prestatyn High School said: Everyone is devastated at the news of the tragic death of James Beck , Jupiter 10, following the accident in Meliden Quarry last night.

"James was a bright, mature, caring and gracious young man with a smile that lit up the place and a sense of humour to match.

"He was very popular in his form group and Jupiter House with a wide circle of friends, all of whom are very upset at his passing.

"The school has a close and ongoing relationship with James's family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most difficult time.

"Anyone feeling they need professional support is invited to visit the school website for contact information at

Denbighshire County Council say they're looking into what happened: "We were extremely saddened to hear of the tragic incident at Meliden on Thursday evening and we extend our sympathies to the family.  

"The Council will co-operate fully with the investigation that will take place and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage until we know the full circumstances surrounding the incident."

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