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UPDATED: Huge rockfall at East Beach in West Bay

Rock Fall East Cliff West Bay 2 March 19

Published at 8:34pm 12th March 2019. (Updated at 11:25am 13th March 2019)

There's been a large rockfall at East Beach at West Bay.

Dorset Police and West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team were called out at 5.13pm yesterday afternoon (13 March) following reports of a "substantial" cliff fall on the east cliff.

Around 1,000 tonnes of rock and debris had come down, cutting off the beach between West Bay and Freshwater.

Searches were carried out to make sure no one was trapped.

The coast path between West Bay and Freshwater was closed but has now re-opened.

Engineers from the local authority and a geologist will be visiting the site this morning.  In the meantime the general public are being asked to stay away.

Chief Inspector Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, 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.

“Officers are making enquiries to establish if anyone was in the area at the time of the fall and anyone with information or concerns is advised to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 12:271."

Meanwhile, Dorset County Council tweeted:


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