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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Demolition work to start on homes hanging off cliffs at Hemsby

One of the properties hanging over the cliff edge at Hemsby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five homes at risk of falling off the cliffs and into the sea at Hemsby are to be demolished today.

They are among 13 properties evacuated last weekend after strong winds and high tides eroded the cliffs.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council says the work should be finished before Easter weekend.

The other properties are being closely monitored by the council.

Parts of the property have already fallen onto the beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Next week sand will be moved from North Beach at Great Yarmouth where there is a surplus and it will be taken to Hemsby.

The sand will be used to help fill the gap between the beach and the lifeboat shed so the sloping ramp into the beach can be kept.

This ramp will reinstate direct access to the beach so the lifeboat can launch. It will also give access for clean-up crews.

People are being reminded that the beach below the cliffs is dangerous and should be avoided.

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