Incredible pictures have captured the moment a large cliff crumbled into the water along the county’s Jurassic coastline. Earlier today [August 8] police issued a warning to the public, urging them to stay away from the beach east of Sidmouth due to the unstable cliffs.
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A large chunk of the cliff toppled onto the beach and into the water, resulting in a huge dust cloud which covered part of the seafront. One eyewitness, Lynda, told Devon Live that there were a number of cliff falls in the area before this ‘large’ one took place this morning.
Lynda said: “There were about five or six cliff falls leading up to the large on this morning in Sidmouth.” Rural East Devon Police posted a tweet to remind people not to walk on the beach due to the unstable cliffs.
Devon County Council is urging people to stay away from the cliff edge (Image: Lynda Friel)
The tweet said: “Another large cliff fall this morning. Reminder to beach users not to walk on the beach East of #Sidmouth due to unstable cliffs which could fall at any time.” The area is infamous for dangerous cliff falls and signage at along the edge and on the beach advise visitors to keep well away from the area.
Devon County Council (DCC) confirmed there had been ‘numerous’ cliff falls in the area today and are asking everyone to stay away from the cliff edge, when walking on the south west coast path.
In a statement on Twitter, a spokesperson for DCC wrote: “Please stay away from the cliff edge when walking The South West Coast Path in this area. This area is extremely unstable and dangerous.”
Keep up to date with all of the latest on the cliff falls, here.
Sidmouth cliff fall (Image: Lynda Friel)