Warnings after massive cliff fall

PUBLISHED: 08:55 31 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:09 07 January 2016

The cliff fall at Charmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The cliff fall at Charmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Beach blocked at Charmouth after landslide

Warning  signs ahead of the massive cliff fall at Charmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSONWarning signs ahead of the massive cliff fall at Charmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Beach walkers and fossil hunters are being urged to heed safety warnings after a major cliff fall on the Jurassic Coast, near Charmouth.

A landslip occurred on land owned by the National Trust, cutting off access to the beach except at the lowest point of the tide. NT rangers have put out warning signs near the site.

Rob Rhodes, National Trust Countryside Manager in Dorset, said: “There is a real risk that people who go past the landslip onto the beach will be cut off when the tide turns. We would urge people to take the time to read warning signs in car parks and footpaths and follow their instructions so they can enjoy coming out to the coast safely.

“If anybody is visiting the Dorset coast, this landslip is yet another warning that the coast and cliffs are very unstable and liable to landslips and falls at anytime without warning. People should always stay well back from the cliff edges, whether above or below them.”This week scores of people walked along the beach to see the landslide, close to the unstable cliffs. Village officials were on hand to give advice and keep them under observation.


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