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There has been a major cliff fall at the coast made famous by ITV’s Broadchurch series.Between 1,500 and 2,000 tonnes of rock collapsed at Dorset’s West Bay overnight.It forced the closure of the cliff-top path between Freshwater and East Beach.Police do not believe anyone is trapped under the rocks but officers are making inquiries to establish whether anyone was in the area at the time.It is the second collapse in less than a week at the iconic cliffs. Read more on this and other stories from across the south of England
Simon Miles of Lyme Bay RIB charter, who photographed the aftermath from his boat, said: “These cliffs are prone to crumbling and falling but this is of significant size.”Thankfully, due to the time of the fall the beach is likely to have empty.”
Dorset Police warned people to stay away from the cliffs amid fears of another collapse.Ch Insp Steve White said: “We would like to remind people that the cliffs remain unstable and it is possible further rock falls could occur. “We urge the public to obey warning signs, not to stand near the edge of cliff faces or stand directly underneath them. “Landslides and rock falls can happen at any time and without warning.”
Dorset County Council coast manager Phil Sterling said: “Following police advice, we have closed the coast path between West Bay and Freshwater. “The path link has been severed and we will negotiate with the landowner and others to agree a diversion as soon as we are able to.”The coastguard also warned the area was “very unsafe” and said signs were being put up to warn people to stay away.In 2012, tourist Charlotte Blackman died at nearby Hive Beach when she was buried under a rockfall.
Source: BBC Dorset