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Funeral for Derbyshire landslide victim

Charlotte Blackman Photo: Central News

The funeral took place yesterday of 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman from Heanor in Derbyshire.

She was killed last month when 400 tons of rock collapsed during a landslide on a Dorset beach. She was walking on Burton Bradstock beach with her family and boyfriend when part of the 160ft high cliff collapsed.

Friends and family were asked to turn up wearing bright colours and the women were asked to wear a flower or butterfly in their hair - something that Charlotte always did.

Charlotte worked as a volunteer for a Derbyshire charity and staff who knew her have paid tribute to her sunny personality and commitment to the charity's work.

She was a very genuine person, very warm, very funny, and had a great deal of time for people. She was a very good volunteer. People always spoke highly of her, she was very well thought of. Charlotte was one of those people who could walk into a room and make everybody smile, she could make you laugh. She was a very dedicated worker.

– Margaret Reeve, Derbyshire Autism Services Group

Emergency services believe the heavy rain over the last few weeks, combined with the recent heatwave, triggered the landslip.

The Coastguard are warning people about the risk of landslides following another incident on Wednesday in Charmouth. Extra signs have been put in place along the coastline warning that cliffs along the West Dorset coast are currently very unstable and so walking along the beach in some areas can be very dangerous.

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