Sightseers dangerously close to crumbling cliff edge

Two sightseers stand at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Two sightseers have been pictured standing near the edge of crumbling chalk cliffs, seemingly unaware of the danger that could befall them.

A crack can be seen running at the side of the chalk cliffs. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The pair were spotted at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, where around three metres of cliff has fallen in recent months.

The cottage near Birling Gap beach as work continues to demolish the property. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Close to where they were standing a large crack could be seen on the cliff-top - a stark sign of how precarious it is at the beauty spot - while a cottage nearby had to be demolished due to the continuing coastal erosion.