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Fears of more landslides at Monmouth Beach

Beach road closed in lyme regis Credit: ITV News West Country

The road to Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis had been closed for safety reasons. There are fears further landslides could even knock chalets down to the road. Several are now perched precariously. Yesterday engineers disconnected their electricity after power lines came down.

Surveyors are expected to visit the area but it's thought little can be done until the cliffs become more stable.

Dorset beach closed by landslip

Police are warning people who own chalets on Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis not to visit them under any circumstances because of the risk from landslips.

Chalets at Monmouth Beach are at risk from landslips Credit: ITV News West Country

It comes after a fresh fall closed the access road to the beach indefinitely. Officers are warning visitors not to cross the police tape as there is a considerable danger of more landslips.

The beach is about 12 miles from Burton Bradstock where a 22-year-old woman died in a cliff collapse last July.

Body found in Lyme Regis

A body's been found washed up on rocks on the west Dorset coast following a major search operation for a missing man.

Simon Douthwaite disappeared on Wednesday, prompting a huge search, involving dozens of emergency services personnel and members of the public who offered their help.

It is understood Mr Douthwaite plunged from the Cobb wall at Lyme Regis into the sea.

Dorset was put on alert on Wednesday when information was received about Mr Douthwaite, 41, from Purton, near Swindon, being in the Lyme area.


Dog and owner rescued from cliff near Lyme Regis

A dog and its owner have been rescued from a cliff face in Dorset following a two-hour operation. Thirteen coastguard officers and a lifeboat crew were involved after the pair became stuck 60ft up rocks near West Bay.

A coastguard spokesman said it appeared the owner of the dog, a husky-alsatian cross, had attempted a lone rescue after his pet had gone missing the night before. Both were recovered safe and well after becoming entangled in undergrowth.

Picture of wrecked microlight

A Dorset man is recovering after the microlight he was in crashed into the sea in Thailand. 31 year old Patrick Esser from Lyme Regis reportedly suffered a broken arm.

His 57 year old pilot was killed. The men were both scattering the ashes of a friend over Pattaya Bay when the aircraft lost power.

Microlight wreckage in Pattaya Bay, Thailand Credit: NI Syndication

Dorset man injured in air crash

A man from Dorset has been injured in a microlight accident in Thailand as he and his pilot were scattering the ashes of a friend above the sea.

31 year old Patrick Esser from Lyme Regis is being treated at a hospital near Bangkok. The pilot was killed when the craft lost power and crashed.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.

Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.

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