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Burton Cliffs Dangerous After Large Rockfall

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2:29pm 17th January 2014
(Updated 3:45pm 17th January 2014)

There's a warning to beach walkers to stay away from the cliffs at Burton after a major rock fall.

Tonnes of rock and rubble crashed down onto Hive Beach sometime overnight between Wednesday and Thursday (15th and 16th January).

The local authorities had warned people about an increased risk of cliff falls along the coast following a week of intense stormy weather across Dorset.

Luckily no one was hurt.

Earth Science Manager at the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team Richard Edmonds told us the cliffs at Burton are always at risk;

"The cliffs at Burton get undercut by the sea particularly when it's really rough the base of the cliff takes a real hammering. And if that base is eroded away the support for the overlying cliff is weakened and there will be a roc fall at some stage."

Richard told Wessex FM there's always a risk when walking near the cliffs;

"Obviously we had the tragic death of Charlotte Blackman a year and a half ago. But equally so hundreds of thousands of people enjoy that coast and walk along it, of course there is a risk like there's a risk anywhere near cliffs. Our advice is still stay away from the base of the cliffs."

Caroline Richards, from the Hive Beach Cafe nearby, is worried about people's safety;

"We're always amazed to see how many people just ignore the signs and go over and have a look. We saw people walking over the rock fall the other day which is extremely dangerous and we'd advise against that. Also with the size of the rock fall it changes the shoreline, so we'd also advise people not to get cut off by the incoming tide."

(Photo taken by Neil Barnes)

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