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Geological report shows landslide was caused by number of factors

An report from the British Geological Survey has shown that the landslide that killed Charlotte Blackman from Heanor in Derbyshire was caused by a number of factors, including the recent wet weather.

The Landslide Response Team visited the site in Dorset and found that fractures in the rock, from coastal erosion and bad weather, had undermined the cliff.

“For this time of year, there have been an unusually large number of landslide events. This is reflected in the BGS National Landslide Database records which show 13 similar events have occurred in the past month. This is more than 10 times what might normally be expected at this time of year”.

– Dr Helen Reeves, Head of the Landslide Response Team at the BGS

Tributes paid to Derbyshire woman who died in a landslip

Tributes have been paid to a young woman who died after being buried under hundreds of tonnes of rocks following a massive landslip.

Charlotte Blackman from Heanor in Derbyshire was walking along a stretch of beach in Dorset when a cliff above her collapsed.

Emergency crews spent all day yesterday trying to find the 22 year old. But last night the search was called off after her body was found beneath the rocks.


Landslide death: Reaction from the fire service

Dorset Fire & Rescue speaking to the press this lunchtime. Credit: ITV News

Dorset Fire And Rescue Service has described yesterday's operation to locate the Derbyshire woman buried in the rubble on the beach at Burton Bradstock as an extremely difficult operation.

Speaking at a press conference, a spokesman said that they had always hoped to find her alive, and are deeply saddened by the loss.

Family liaison officers are with the relatives of the woman who was confirmed by her uncle as 22 year old Charlotte Blackman. She was on holiday from Derbyshire with her boyfriend, younger brother and father.


Eyewitness tells how father was desperately trying to rescue his daughter from rubble

David Warren from Swindon witnessed yesterday's landslide in Dorset which killed 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman from Derbyshire.

After the first, smaller landslide, he tried to warn people to move away from the cliff.

"I got within 20-30 foot, the rocks were still falling and the Father and boyfriend were still, at that time, trying to dig the girl out, I said 'who's under there' and he said 'my daughter, my daughter.

"I said we can't do anything the rocks are too big, they were boulders really, you couldn't even more them by hand."

Policeman stands guard near scene of cliff collapse

A policeman watches over cliff where 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman was killed yesterday Credit: ITV

A policeman stands on the beach in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, near to where a cliff collapsed killing a young woman.

Charlotte Blackman, from Heanor, Derbyshire, was on holiday with her family and boyfriend when part of a 160ft-high cliff collapsed and sent a mountain of rocks plummeting on to the sand below.

Dorset landslide victim 'was a lively, fun-loving woman'

The uncle of Charlotte Blackman, the young Derbyshire woman who was killed when she was buried by 400 tonnes of rock in a massive landslide on a beach in Dorset has paid tribute to her.

He told how her boyfriend rescued Charlottes little brother from the landslide by moving him into the sea.

"I don't have many words at the moment, to be honest. I found out last night at about 11pm. She was on holiday with her whole family, her mum Rachel, dad Kevin, sister Sinead, little brother Mitchell, and boyfriend Matt.

"My brother and her boyfriend and her little brother were there when it happened. I understand the boyfriend got her little brother away into the sea to get him from it. She was a lively, fun-loving woman, who had her whole life in front of her."

– Douglas Blackman - Uncle of victim

EYEWITNESS: "Cliff could come down at any time"

A Dorset man who witnessed yesterday's landslide in Dorset that killed 22-year-old Derbyshire Charlotte Blackman says the 'cliffs could come down at any time'.

Leonard Muggeridge knows just how notorious the Jurassic coastline is for landslides.

"A beautiful day , then at about half past twelve a sound like thunder, and before you knew it a lump of cliff had come down.

"We saw the debris etc, that cleared within about 20 minutes then two people were up climbing over the rocks, I assume looking for fossils.

"Locals will always tell people to be careful of the cliffs, even if you're fishing because there's always a chance that part of the cliffs could come down."

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