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Safety warnings as child inches from clifftop edge

Shocking images of a woman and child standing just inches from the edge of a 400ft clifftop in Kent have triggered renewed safety warnings with the start of the school summer holidays due later this month.

This year has seen numerous major rockfalls along the the cliffs of Kent and Sussex and the Coastguard fears it's only a matter of time before the craze for cliff-edge phone-camera 'selfies' costs lives.

As John Ryall reports.

John spoke to photographer, Ted Pragnell and Matt Pavitt from HM Coastguard.

Woman dies in accident at cliffs in Sussex

Woman does in cliff fall Credit: Press Association image

Sussex Police say early enquiries into the death of a woman at Seven Sisters Country Park indicate it was a tragic accident.

Police, fire, coastguard and ambulance were called to Cuckmere Haven where the body of a woman, believed to be in her 20s, was found at the foot of the cliff.

It happened on Thursday afternoon, 22nd June.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Cliff fall death Credit: Press Association image

Whilst we cannot speculate exactly how the woman died, early enquiries suggest this was a tragic accident. We are continuing to appeal for witnesses as part of the investigation, however the full circumstances will be subject to an inquest and we will not be releasing any further information at this stage. The coroner for East Sussex has been informed and we are currently making attempts to notify the next of kin.

– District Commander Emma Brice

We’d like to remind people to take care around cliff tops and stay well away from the edge, especially in light of the recent incidents at Seaford Head. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest the woman’s death occurred as a result of an erosion to the cliff and it is in no way connected to the Seaford Head incidents.

– Inspector John Adams


Bank of fog flows over Dorset cliffs

"An amazing view greeted me this morning at West Bay in Dorset where a bank of fog was flowing over the cliffs like a waterfall. I sent the drone up and took some time lapses to create this beautiful video"

– James Loveridge