Cliff-top homes on the edge as coastal erosion intensifies

Houses are teetering on the edge of cliffs in Hemsby in Norfolk. Thirteen homes there have been evacuated amid fears they could topple into the sea after the coastal erosion.

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Calls for sea defences as Hemsby homes start to topple over cliff

One of 13 homes in danger on the Norfolk coast at Hemsby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Coastal communities in Norfolk are pleading for Government help to protect their clifftop homes from the sea.

Erosion has left 13 properties in The Marrams, Hemsby on the brink of being swept away, with some already starting to crumble.

Residents have been evacuated and they have called for more funding to provide proper sea defences.

Today more than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for adequate sea defences for a "unique and cherished place".

"We're hoping the Government would now look at this and get some sort of sea defence through here. If it keeps on like this we've got another road behind us and we'll then have more risk to life as well."

– Daniel Hurd, Hemsby Lifeboat

Norfolk councillor John Fuller, who is the Conservative's National Head of Local Finance and Chair of District Councils, admitted it was a "difficult situation" when it came to responsibility.

He said that in emergency situations like this "it's not the role of the politicians necessarily to interfere".

“There are 13 properties that are now currently uninhabitable with two to three properties expected to topple over the cliff over the next few days."

– Norfolk County Council spokesman

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