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Dorset coastguards warn of landslips and mudslides

Coastguards in Dorset are warning the public to stay away from cliff edges. The service has been dealing with a number of mudslides and landslides in the wake of the recent heavy rain in the county. Coastguards are asking people to observe warnings and any closures at cliff edges for their safety.

"With the poor weather continuing, we’re dealing with a number of landslips and mudslides along the Devon and Dorset coastline,”

"In Swanage, local coastguards are keeping a watch on areas near the beach and beach huts as sections of cliff continue to move, and on Portland a section of coast path on the west of the Island is particularly vulnerable.

"Further west, sections of beach and cliff near Charmouth have suffered from cliff falls and mudslides.

"In Lyme Regis, coastguards and Dorset Police are dealing with an area to the west of the town, with very significant movement, including buildings overhanging the cliff edge.

"The current weather means water is draining from land very rapidly, causing a layer to form in cracks on cliffs. Large sections of our coast are now very vulnerable to movement, and even in dryer weather, any sharp frost would bring expansion behind sections of cliff causing further falls. Areas of mudslide are prone to drying out and forming a crust. These may look solid, they will not support a person’s weight.”

– Simon Dennis, Portland Coastguard

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