Cliff-top homes are starting to crumble on the Norfolk coast as fears grow that high tide will sweep them into the sea.

The residents of 13 properties in The Marrams in Hemsby have been evacuated as fierce winds and tides batter the coast - with several metres of dunes eroded over the weekend alone.

A rest centre has been set up at the village hall and the coastguard has been monitoring the situation around the clock.

“Further high tides and strong winds are forecast for at least the next 48 hours. As the sand dries out and becomes more powdery, over the next week the dunes will start to settle and adjust, meaning the risk of properties sliding down the cliffs remains very high.” >

Jan Davies, Head of Resilience, Norfolk County Council

Coastal protection and resilience officers have been on site today, assessing the damage together with building control surveyors and Environmental Services Officers who are monitoring the area.

The police are also still at the scene. Council officers are in discussion with local land and beach owners, The Watling Trust to ensure safety at the site.

One of the homes on the brink of collapse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“This has been a frightening weekend for the residents of Hemsby, who have pulled together once again to help their friends and neighbours to evacuate their properties.

Cllr Graham Plant, Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council