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Warning over cliffs in Broadchurch fall

crews at
West Bay,
after 1,000
tons of rock
fell at TV
show site

BROADCHURCH sightseers have been urged to steer clear of a huge rock fall at a beach made famous by the ITV crime drama.

About 1,000 tons of rock fell from the 150ft tall sandstone cliffs at West Bay in Dorset — a site used in the television series.

The beach was closed after the collapse on Tuesday as fire crews and sniffer dogs combed the 40ft-high rubble to check for bodies.

Yesterday it remained shut, along with the cliff-top South West Coast Path, for engineering inspections.

But officials said some have ignored the ‘keep clear’ signs.

One man was spotted wading into the sea to get a better photo of the debris, which includes boulders the size of small cars. West Bay Coastguard said: ‘We urge the public to stay well away from the cliff fall and surrounding area as further falls could happen at any time and without warning.’

Ch Insp Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, added: ‘The cliffs remain unstable. We urge the public to obey warning signs, and not to stand near the edge of cliff faces or directly underneath them.’ The Jurassic Coast Trust said it was concerned advice to keep clear of the rock fall and the base ‘is not being heeded’.

It is the latest in a series of rock falls which have taken place on the 180million-year-old stretch of cliffs in recent years. In 2012, tourist Charlotte Blackman, 22, was crushed to death by a landslip as she walked under the cliffs further along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at Burton Bradstock.