Dorset

Rock fall hits East Beach on Jurassic Coast

Rock fall Image copyright James Loveridge Photography
Image caption The rock fall occurred at East Beach near the village of West Bay

A section of cliff has collapsed onto a beach on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

Dorset County Council said the rock fall on East Beach near West Bay appears to have happened in the early hours of Friday.

It follows other landslips earlier in the year caused by winter storms.

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage team urged visitors to pay heed to warning signs and avoid "putting yourself or others at risk" by venturing close to the bottom of cliffs.

Image copyright James Loveridge Photography
Image caption The rock fall took place in the early hours of the morning

Drone pictures taken by local photographer James Loveridge show debris from the sandstone cliff spread out on the beach below.

Sam Scriven, earth science manager for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage team, said the cliffs were being monitored.

"As ever, keep your wits about you, whether you are out walking, fossil hunting, having a picnic or taking selfies.

"Always stay away from top and bottom of cliffs. Landslides and rock falls can, and do, happen anytime. Never ignore a warning sign - they are there for your safety."

Bridport Harbour also posted a warning on Facebook.

It said: "These can happen at anytime and without warning. Stay a safe distance away from the bottom of the cliffs."

Image copyright James Loveridge Photography
Image caption Visitors have been warned not to venture close to the bottom of cliffs

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