Dramatic moment cliff collapses onto the beach at Sidmouth

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A major section of cliff collapsed at Sidmouth in Devon on Monday
A major section of cliff collapsed at Sidmouth in Devon on Monday

A series of dramatic cliff falls wiped away parts of the Devon coastline and left huge clouds of dust hanging over a seaside resort.

East Beach, in Sidmouth, was the scene of two large collapses and a number of smaller rock falls on Monday morning, with sections of cliff crashing down "every half an hour", according to witnesses.

Walkers watched in horror as a large section of Sidmouth cliff, Devon, crashed onto the beach at 9.15am
Walkers watched in horror as a large section of Sidmouth cliff, Devon, crashed onto the beach at 9.15am

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The brittle cliffs of the Jurassic Coast have been cracking under the recent heatwave, weakening the brittle surface and triggering landslides.

Experts have warned that as the hot weather continues, more rock faces could fall without much warning. Police have advised residents and visitors to avoid the area.

Rural East Devon Police said in a tweet:

The area is notorious for cliff collapses, with houses along the edge losing large chunks of their gardens over the years.

A coastguard team was dispatched after the first cliff fall, finding no casualties or anyone at risk of injury.