Dorset

East Beach at West Bay cordoned off after landslide

Landslip at West Bay Image copyright Colin crabb
Image caption Emergency services were unsure if anyone was trapped underneath the landslip

Part of a Dorset beach has been cordoned off following a "large" cliff fall, Portland Coastguard has said.

The landslip at East Beach, West Bay, happened at about 14:30 GMT.

Coastguards, the fire service and police were at the scene and people have been urged to stay away from the cliffs.

It is not yet known if anyone was hurt. A coastguard helicopter was used "to determine the state of the remaining cliffs", Solent Coastguard said.

Watch manager Andy Jenkins said: "We did have a report that two people were missing in the area, but they have now been accounted for."

He added Dorset County Council were sending a geologist to assess the site.

The slip at East Beach is about a mile along the coast from where Charlotte Blackman, from Derbyshire, died in the Burton Bradstock landslip in 2012.

Another slip at Burton Bradstock happened in January.

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