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Policeman stands guard near scene of cliff collapse

Charlotte Blackman was killed when part of a 160ft-high cliff collapsed. Credit: ITV News

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 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.

The landslide happened near Burton Bradstock, Dorset. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Douglas Blackman, said: "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."

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Heavy rainfall causing increase in landslides

A lecturer in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, Simon Boxall, has told Daybreak's Katy Fawcett that the heavy rain over the summer has led to the increase of landslides.

He said: "This rainfall is washing away that soft sediment between the rocks and as it's drying out it's becoming very fractus and it's just falling away onto the beach."

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National Trust land to remain closed at Burton Bradstock

Our thoughts are with all those involved in this tragic accident.

Coastlines are dynamic and changing environments and it is impossible to predict when these kinds of events might occur.

National Trust land at Burton Bradstock will remain closed whilst we assist the emergency services in whatever way we can.

– National Trust spokesman

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Police: 'Landslide death was a tragic accident'

At approximately 9.40pm this evening search crews located a body at Burton Bradstock beach. The body is believed to be that of the 22-year-old woman reported missing earlier in the day following a landslide at the location. Next of kin have been informed. Family liaison officers are supporting the family and the coroner has been informed. At this time there are no further reports of missing people at the location and the search operation will be stood down.

It is believed the incident was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family of the victim at this very difficult time.

– A Dorset Police spokesman
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