A WOMAN has been found dead with a five-year-old child at the bottom of Beachy Head.

Police confirmed the deaths this morning. 

It has been reported locally that the child was disabled.

Emergency services recovered the child from the bottom of the cliffs shortly before finding the body of the woman, aged 42.

The mother and son are believed to be from Maidstone, Kent.

Lifeboat crews and a rescue helicopter were called to the scene at 7am after witnesses contacted them to report that they saw the woman and a child going over the cliffs at the Sussex beauty spot.

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

More to follow