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Westcountry beach closed as another cliff face crumbles

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

Onlookers keep a safe distance after the latest in a series of cliff falls along the Jurassic Coast, near Lyme Regis   yesterday

Onlookers keep a safe distance after the latest in a series of cliff falls along the Jurassic Coast, near Lyme Regis yesterday

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Another large section of the Westcountry coast has collapsed – forcing police to cordon off a beach.

Portland Coastguard was called yesterday after reports of a "large landslip" just before midday after a section of cliff fell near Lyme Regis, in Dorset.

The Portland rescue helicopter was sent to search for casualties following the incident at Monmouth Beach, but quickly established no-one was in danger.

Geologists said the heavy rain in November had weakened many cliffs along the Jurassic coastline.

Yesterday's fall follows an earlier landslip which blocked the beach's access road on January 30. Persistent rain then prompted police to close the road and urge people to stay away from beach chalets and not cross the barricade.

Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team put a temporary cordon in place and the public asked the public to stay away until the situation has been stabilised.

There have been a steady stream of cliff falls around the Westcountry coast over the past year, prompting councils to close sections of the South West Coast Path.

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