Sussex 'mother and child' deaths probed

Seven Sisters cliffs
Image caption The woman's body was found at the bottom of the cliffs

The body of a child has been found shortly after a woman, believed to be her mother, was found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

The woman was found on the beach below Seven Sister cliffs at Birling Gap in East Sussex at about 1430 BST.

Police seeking the owner of a car found at the top of the cliff then entered an address in Felpham, Bognor Regis, and found the girl's body in a bedroom.

Sussex Police officers are not looking for anyone else over the deaths.

The force said it believed the woman may have been the mother of the dead child, although no formal identification has taken place.

'Difficult time'

Det Ch Insp Nick Sloan said: "This appears to be a tragic series of events.

"Our thoughts are with the family members at this very difficult time who are being supported by police family liaison officers.

"House to house inquires are being conducted to establish the circumstances leading up to the child's death.

"At this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to her death."

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later.