Seaside homes in Norfolk evacuated over fears they could fall into the sea

Homes in Norfolk have been evacuated amid fears they could be washed into the sea, repeating devastating scenes of 2013.

Warnings for snow and ice are in place at Hemsby, which means that homes in the area are at risk of coastal erosion.

Norfolk Police said on Saturday evening: "A total of 10 homes at risk from coastal erosion evacuated in Hemsby today in multi-agency response.

"Thanks to local businesses who offered help and support to those affected."

During a period of bad weather in December 2013, houses in Hemsby were ripped from the cliff top.

The sea rose then to levels even higher than those which caused devastating floods in 1953, making it the worst tidal surge to hit Britain for more than 60 years.

Desperate residents tried to salvage their possessions as homes were reduced to rubble.

One of the residents affected today, Paul Ray, has lived there for eight years.

He told Sky News that when he moved in, there were between 25 and 30 metres between his home and the sea.

But eight metres was lost in 2013, and since then, "a little piece has been taken away from us every year".

"Last night took the last piece," he said. "No more sand to take away.

"The next thing it'll take away are the bungalows, which will tip over the edge into the North Sea."

In unseasonably cold weather, the "mini Beast from the East" has brought bitter temperatures which can feel as low as -10C (14F).

The Met Office has weather warnings in place for more snow and ice, with some areas likely to see up to 25cm (10in) of snow on Sunday.

"It's going to be a very, very cold start, with a widespread frost and ice around as well," Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said.

"And we have plenty of snow showers to start the day. These will be heaviest and most frequent across southwestern areas, so we're talking parts of Wales and the southwest of England in particular.

"Across some southwestern parts the snow will continue throughout the day. We're looking at some fairly large snowfall totals."

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