Cliff fall victim named as former Rastrick man

Adam Sykes who died in Whitby
Adam Sykes who died in Whitby

TRIBUTES have been pouring in after a former Rastrick man was found dead at the foot of cliffs in Whitby.

Adam Sykes, aged 29, had been living in the popular east Yorkshire coastal resort with his mother Maureen Craven and stepfather Brian. His body was found by a dog walker at 8am on Sunday, December 11.

He used to be a self-employed laminate floor layer in Huddersfield and had been working as a chef in more recent times.

Mrs Craven said: “He was wonderful, lively and cheerful and loved by all. He will be sadly missed.”

An online tribute by his sister, Emma, thanked people for their kind messages they had written and sent.

She said: “To Adam, my daft little brother who I loved dearly.

“I know this comes way too late but I am so very sorry I didn’t do more for you, see you more, talk to you more, particularly in this last couple of years when you’d lost your way.

“I’m sorry that you’ll never meet your tiny niece. I’ll tell her stories of you when she’s older. I know she would have loved her wacky, funny, cool, kind uncle.”

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Mr Sykes’s body was the second to be found by Irene Lyth, who had been looking among the rocks on a beach near the Battery Parade for balls for her dog. Four years ago she discovered a woman from York while walking her dog.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned and a full hearing into the circumstances surround Mr Sykes’s death will be held at a later date.

The funeral took place at Scarborough Crematorium on Tuesday.