Mum who plunged 100ft from Durdle Door cliffs while taking 'shortcut' died of severe chest injuries

A MUM who plunged 100ft to her death from Durdle Door cliffs in front of her daughter died from severe chest injuries, an inquest heard.

Tahira Jabeen, 46, fell from the cliffs that form part of the famouslandmark on the Dorset coast on Monday while taking a shortcut.


An inquest opened and adjourned into Tahira's death today heard how the mum-of-five died from having blood and air in the chest cavity caused by multiple rib fractures.

Brendan Allen, assistant coroner for Dorset, made a point of warning the public about how "extremely dangerous" coastal cliffs can be.

He said: "The cliffs around Dorset are potentially extremely dangerous and to most popular beaches there are pathways that members of the public can take to access the beach.

"It is imperative members of the public use those pathways to access the beach rather than trying to find an alternative way to get to the beach because of the potential dangers involved.

"I make that comment making no prejudgement regarding the inquest in relation to the death of Tahira Jabeen.

"It seems from the information available to me that it is an important warning to give, particularly as we are in the summer months and approaching the summer holidays."

The inquest was adjourned for a review hearing in November.

Tahira was with her daughter on the beach when witnesses saw her climbing half-way down the cliff on a shortcut.

She was heard to shout “I'm coming down” before losing her footing and plunging to her death on Man O' War Beach below.

Her daughter was treated for shock at the scene by ambulance crews.

Dorset Police have confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Tahira worked as a project adviser for one of the country's leading social research and behavioural insights consultancies, MEL Research in Birmingham, West Mids.

Shocked work pals have paid tribute to her as “a wonderful lady with a heart of gold” and “caring and jolly and always smiling.”

Her boss said: “It is a tragedy and we all feel deeply upset for her family. Her daughter was with her at the time and is absolutely devastated.

“She was taken to hospital but I am not sure if she is still there or not.

“One of my colleagues has been in contact with her family. It is all very raw and they feel too upset to talk about it.

“I believe she had gone away with one of her daughters who is in her 20s. They were having a holiday together. She witnessed what happened.”

She added: “Tahira was a contact adviser, known as a tracer, on one of our projects and she had been working here for 13 months. 

“I am her boss and with her colleagues feel very upset.”

Tahira’s work colleague Azmah has set up a JustGiving fund raiser to help support her five girls. So far nearly £3,000 of a £4,000 target has been raised.

Azmah posted: “She was a treasured member of our team. It is a great loss to MEL Research to have lost an outstanding employee.

She described her as a "caring and jolly person who lost her life in such a tragic accident,” adding she was a “much loved and missed wonderful lady with a heart of gold and always happy and smiling.”

She said she leaves behind “five beautiful girls who will not be able to replace her.”

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