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‘Ginormous’ cliff collapse leaves caravans at risk of falling

PUBLISHED: 11:05 06 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:24 06 January 2020

A huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda Stephens

A huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda Stephens

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Three caravans are teetering on the edge after a ‘ginormous’ cliff collapse on the north Norfolk coast.

A huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda StephensA huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda Stephens

One person staying at one of the caravans at the Trimingham House Caravan Park had to be evacuated after the cliff fall overnight on Sunday.

The coastguard and emergency services have been on the scene of the cliff fall today (Monday, Janurary 6), which happened in the same place as a cliff collapse in December.

Pete Revell, rescue officer from Bacton Coastguard, urged people to stay away from that part of the cliff and beach as there was a risk of further falls.

Mr Revell said: "It's ginormous. I thought it was big last time, but this is about three times as big.

A huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda StephensA huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda Stephens

"It has cut the cliff right back to the point where you have got caravans hanging over the edge, there are three in immediate danger.

"It has gone right into the sea this time. We don't want anyone going near the beach at all."

Shirley Cross, who works in the caravan park's office, said the cliff fall was "devastating".

She said: "It's enormous and it's still going.

A huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda StephensA huge section of cliff has fallen onto the beach and sea at a caravan park in Trimingham. Picture: Amanda Stephens

"I was out walking this morning with the dog and thought 'oh, that's funny, there's no fence where the fence should be'.

"I went closer and saw it went right up to one of the caravan deckings.

"It must have gone 12-14 foot from where it was."

Ms Cross said they were trying to have the caravans on the edge towed away.

She said they had already disconnected the gas supply on the advice of firefighters, and they were now trying to isolate the electricity."

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "The cliffs along the UK coastline are continually eroding, with pieces falling from them that can be just a few small rocks or as large as a car. It's impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be.

"We've seen a number of cliff collapses around the coast in recent months, particularly after intense rainfall. It's very clear that cliffs are very unstable in places. We really can't stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no 'safe' place to be. Some of the cracks that have appeared have been several feet away from the edge.

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"As ever, our message is, 'Keep safe, but if you see anybody in trouble or if you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."


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