Dorset

Landslip at Lyme Regis threatens beach chalets

Monmouth Beach huts
Image caption Police are urging chalet owners not to try and access their properties

A row of Dorset beach huts west of Lyme Regis are at risk of being enveloped in a landslip.

The road to the huts on Monmouth Beach under the crumbling cliff edge has been closed off indefinitely after a large fall on Tuesday evening.

Dorset Police has warned of a "considerable risk" of more landslips ahead.

Chalet owners have been told to stay away from their properties. Some were damaged by the landfall.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said no-one had been injured and no chalets had to be evacuated.

Virgil Turner, fire station manager at Lyme Regis, said: "Every day there's something moving, stay away from the cliff tops and bottoms - it's a dangerous place when we've got these weather conditions."

The beach is about 12 miles from Burton Bradstock where a 22-year-old woman died in a landslip in July last year.

Elsewhere several flood warnings, which mean flooding is expected, have been issued by the Environment Agency as heavy rain continues to increase river levels.

The warnings are in place for the River Char at Dolphins River Caravan Park, the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth South Winterbourne Valley, Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke and from East Stoke to Wareham.

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