A 17-year-old girl has tragically died after falling from cliffs in South Shields today.
Police were scrambled to Marsden cliffs after concern was raised for the safety of the teenage girl.
Officers attended the scene, and despite efforts of the emergency services to negotiate with the girl, she fell onto the rocks below.
The teenager was flown to Newcastle's RVI Hospital in a critical condition but police have now confirmed she has sadly passed away.
Her family have been informed and are being offered support by police.
Police, fire fighters, the Great North Air Ambulance, road ambulances and and coastguards had been called out to the cliffs, near to the Marsden Grotto pub at about 11.40am this morning.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: "At 11.39am, we were called to attend Marsden cliffs in conjunction with police and the fire service.
"We sent a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and also had an ambulance crew and an air response unit."
A spokesman from the Coastguard confirmed earlier: "Sunderland Coastguard and South Shields volunteers are assisting police with an incident and are on scene now."
A passer-by, who did not wish to be named, said he saw four coastguard crews, three fire engines, and four police cars at the scene.
A police spokeswoman said: "This morning police received a report of concern for a 17 year old girl at Marsden cliffs, South Shields.
"Officers attended the scene, and despite efforts of the emergency services to negotiate with the girl, she fell onto the rocks below.
"The teenager was taken to hospital by paramedics in a critical condition and she sadly passed away.
"Her family have been informed and are being supported at this difficult time."
Inquiries remain ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting reference number 121 13/08/16.