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Body recovered following landslip in Dorset

The body of a woman has been found at the scene of a huge landslip in Dorset. It follows a major rescue operation at Freshwater Beach in Burton Bradstock after tonnes of rock came crashing down from the cliffs.

The body is believed to be that of a 22 year old woman who was reported missing following the landslide. Visitors to West Dorset are being advised to avoid beaches with a cliff backdrop because of the risk of more landslides. More on this story.


Warning to walkers and holidaymakers after fatal landslide in Dorset

The Dorset Local Resilience Forum, which is made up of the police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, all the local councils and the coastguards, has issued a warning following the landslide at Burton Bradstock which claimed the life of a young woman.

It's estimated that 400 tonnes of rock fell in the collapse. Credit: ITV West

It is advising residents and visitors to West Dorset to avoid cliffs and beaches with a cliff backdrop. Emergency services believe the heavy rain over the last few weeks combined with the recent heatwave caused the tragedy. It's estimated that 400 tonnes of rock fell in the collapse.

'Tragic accident' led to landslip death

Police have released a statement after a body was recovered from a beach where a landslip occurred earlier today. A search operation has been stood down.

At approximately 9.40pm this evening, Tuesday July 24th, search crews located a body on Burton Bradstock Beach. The body is believed to be that of a 22-year-old woman reported missing earlier in the day following a landslide at the location. Next of kin are aware and family liaison officers are supporting the family.

The coroner has been informed.

At this time there are no further reports of missing people at the location and the search operation has been stood down.

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

– Dorset Police


Dorset coast notorious for landslips

The Dorset coastline is notorious for landslips. Today's landslip occurred two weeks after a month's worth of rain fell in West Dorset in just 24 hours. At the time, police in nearby Lyme Regis warned people to stay away from the foot of cliffs because they feared a landslide would occur.

Our reporter Jeff Welch has been finding out what causes tonnes of rock to come crashing down without a moments notice.

Coastal paths and beaches closed over safety fears

Coastal paths and beaches between Lyme Regis and West Bexington have been closed this evening over safety fears. It following a landslip along the Dorset coast. A young woman is believed to be trapped in the rubble following the cliff fall earlier this afternoon.

Following an incident this afternoon at Burton Bradstock, all coastal paths and beaches between Lyme Regis and West Bexington are closed for periodic review by geologists to ensure safety.

– Dorset Local Resilience Forum
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