TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular, fun-loving Liversedge woman who died after falling from a balcony in Bridlington.
Debra Mitchell, 48, known as Debbie, had moved to the coast just before Christmas.
She died on Monday after falling 30ft from the first floor balcony of a block of three flats in South Marine Drive.
Police arrived before paramedics and tried in vain to save her. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
The circumstances surrounding her death are unclear, but a 36-year-old man was arrested and has been released on police bail.
In a statement her family said: “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.
People in Littletown were shocked to hear of Debbie’s death.
Aniz Gulam, who owns the Nisco store in Listing Lane, said Debbie had been a regular customer, and her daughter, Leanne, had worked in the shop a few years ago.
He said: “We knew Debbie quite well. She used to come in often. She was very bubbly and always willing to have a laugh and a joke.
“We were very shocked when we heard on Tuesday – we were just gobsmacked. It’s tragic.”
Mr Gulam said Debbie had three daughters, Leanne, Linzi and Joanne.
He said: “Leanne worked in the shop a few years ago. We are all here to help and support them if it is needed.
“Debbie was well known to everybody round here. She was a personality. It’s very sad.
“She will be missed.”
Tributes to Debbie on Facebook said she was ‘lovely’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘a great lady’. One mourner said: “They say God takes the best people.”
A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to South Marine Drive in Bridlington shortly after 11.30pm on Monday where the woman, aged in her 40s, was found on the ground with extensive injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The 36-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has now been released on bail and officers continue to try to establish the circumstances of how the woman died.
“The death continues to be treated as unexplained.”