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Beach access could remain closed for bank holiday

Two women had to be rescued from Ness beach in Shaldon, Devon after a rockfall blocked access to the tunnels leading to the car park. One of the women was pregnant.

Up to 30 firefighters were at the scene including a specialist search and rescue dog team.

The beach could remain closed for the bank holiday weekend.

Robbie Woods from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue says rockfalls are becoming more common after months of heavy rain:

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Two people rescued from beach after rockfall

Fire crews at Shaldon earlier. Credit: ITV News West Country

Emergency services have rescued a pregnant woman and her friend who became trapped on a south Devon beach after a rock fall.

The rocks blocked access to the tunnel on Ness beach in Shaldon which leads to the car park.

Police have cordoned off the entrance to the tunnel which leads to the beach. Credit: ITV News West Country

The pair had been walking their dogs when the rock fall happened. Fire crews searched the area to make sure there was no-one buried under the rubble.

It's believed the beach will stay closed over the bank holiday weekend.

A police car at the entrance to the beach tunnel. Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon cafe wins national sustainability award

cafe-ODE in Shaldon has been named the UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, a year after its sister restaurant ODE-dining won the same award.

Co-owner of the beachside cafe, Tim Bouget, was presented with the prize by the celebrity chef Raymond Blanc at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards in London.

Blanc is President of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), which rated more than 400 restaurants across the UK to find the country’s most sustainable restaurants. cafe-ODE gained points for the following:

  • High levels of recycling
  • Use renewable solar electricity
  • Sustainable building from recycled materials, including a grass roof designed to attract wildlife

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