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Coastal path at Burton Bradstock reopens

The coastal path between Burton Freshwater and Hive Beach has reopened, but has been diverted inland. Credit: ITV News West Country

A coastal path in Dorset which was closed after a landslip killed a young woman last July has been reopened.

22 year old Charlotte Blackman from Derbyshire was killed instantly when a 160 foot high cliff at Burton Bradstock collapsed.

The path between Burton Freshwater and Hive Beach is open again but has been diverted inland.


"Stay away" after another rockfall at Burton Bradstock

The National Trust is urging people to stay away from Burton Bradstock beach Credit: The National Trust

There'e been another large rockfall at Burton Bradstock and The National Trust is urging people to stay away from the closed section of beach.

A spokesman for the Trust said, “We would urge people to stay away - the beach and South West Coast Path between Hive Beach and Freshwater Caravan Park is closed.

People visiting the coast really must take moment to read warning signs in car parks and on nearby paths and to follow the advice for their own safety."

Last July, holidaymaker Charlotte Blackman died after being crushed by tonnes of rocks at Burton Bradstock.

Landslide victim '10ft from safety'

Charlotte Blackman was killed after a landslide at Burton Bradstock. Credit: Family photograph

A young woman killed when she was trapped underneath a substantial rockfall at a coastal beauty spot in Dorset was "10ft from safety", an inquest has heard.

Charlotte Blackman, 22, was strolling along Freshwater Beach with her family when around 400 tonnes of rock from the Jurassic Coastline cliffs crashed down on top of her, killing her almost instantly.

Her boyfriend, Matthew Carnell, was walking alongside Miss Blackman, from Derbyshire, on July 24 when he noticed the start of the landslide.

The inquest at Dorchester County Hall heard that she died accidentally, as the result of an "act of nature".

Coroner Sheriff Payne told the hearing that Miss Blackman's death could not have been predicted.

He said: "Sadly, Charlotte Blackman died as a result of an accident. It was a sudden act of nature that nobody could have predicted at that time."


Inquest into death of woman crushed by rocks in Dorset

The inquest resumes into the death of a 22 year old holiday-maker who was crushed by rocks at Burton Bradstock. Credit: ITV Westcountry

An inquest will resume today into the death of a woman who was crushed by 400 tonnes of rock that fell from a cliff at Burton Bradstock in Dorset.

22 year old Charlotte Blackman, from Derbyshire, was on holiday with her family and boyfriend when the accident happened.

Today's hearing, at Dorchester county hall, is expected to last one day.

Funeral of Dorset landslide victim

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a woman who was killed in a landslide in Dorset. 22-year-old Charlotte Blackman, from Derbyshire, died when 400 tonnes of rock fell onto a beach near Burton Bradstock last month. She was on holiday with her family.

A service was held near Nottingham this morning. Her coffin was carried by her boyfriend and five other pallbearers. A memorial fund has been set up in her name, raising money to support autistic children. Phil Brewster has this report

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