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East Cliff landslide

East Cliff landslide

West Dorset landslip

Watch and listen to BBC Radio Solent and BBC South Today reports from the 400-metre landslip on a stretch of World Heritage coastline between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

The landslip between Lyme Regis and Charmouth was said to be the largest for 100 years.

Watch and listen to reports from BBC South Today, BBC Spotlight and BBC Radio Solent, with more from BBC News online.

On arrival at the scene soon after the landslip happened, BBC reporter Simon Hall described what he saw to BBC Radio Solent's Jon Cuthill.

He said: "It is an extraordinary sight. Much of the coast is like a silvery graphite colour, but now in the middle there is almost like a black streak, with coppery streaks - like a scar."

The movement caused the appearance of potentially hazardous objects among the rubble which have come from a disused Victorian landfill site, last used in the 1970s, which was disturbed by the landslip.

The area is no longer accessible to the public.

Simon Parker, the county council's emergency planner, said the beach would be impassable for "years to come".

Watch and listen to reports from BBC South Today, BBC Spotlight and BBC Radio Solent, with more from BBC News online.

last updated: 28/05/2008 at 11:12
created: 07/05/2008

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