Cliff fall blocks beach between Branscombe and Sidmouth

A massive cliff fall has blocked the beach between Branscombe and Weston Mouth, east of Sidmouth. 

Before you rush off to look at it, Owl should remind everyone how Devon and Cornwall Police expect people to behave during lockdown regarding travel and exercise.

The latest statement from the force said: “In light of recent guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and College of Policing, Devon & Cornwall Police is not changing advice on travelling.

Cornwall Live reported yesterday how the NPCC issued new guidance saying that people can drive a reasonable distance for exercise during the coronavirus lockdown period.

However, Devon and Cornwall Police has released a statement stating that it will not be changing advice on travelling despite what the NPCC and College of Policing said.

It also stated that travelling to a beauty spot [for example] to surf is “not within the spirit of what we are trying to achieve”.

“Government advice remains the same, and it is expressly to prevent the spread of coronavirus, to save lives, and to protect the NHS. It includes the following:

  • Only go outside for essential food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

“There has been much discussion around what the legislation does and doesn’t specifically prohibit. The legal aspects of the legislation are based upon whether a person’s actions are reasonable or not. Officers will continue to make individual judgements based on the specific circumstances presented to them.

Chris Carson

Beer Coastguard rescue unit is warning people that there are ‘huge rocks’ on the slope that could fall ‘at any time’.

Their advice to coastal walkers is not to go near the landslide.

A spokesman for the team said: “Please keep away from this area – both the clifftop and the beach.”

A spokesman for East Devon District Council said the area was not under its control but was owned by the National Trust.

No one from the National Trust was currently available to comment