Seaside caravans left balancing on cliff after landslide 'the size of two football pitches'

Seaside caravans were left teetering on the edge of a cliff after a huge landslide near Cromer in Norfolk (Picture: SWNS)

A row of seaside caravans were left teetering on the brink of a cliff after a landslide the size of two football pitches.

Coastguards and emergency services were called after part of the cliff collapsed, leaving caravans in danger of plummeting onto the beach below.

No-one was hurt in the incident, but at least one woman who lives in one of the caravans has been evacuated, with members of the public being warned to avoid the area in Trimingham, near Cromer, Norfolk.

Some of the caravans have now had to be pulled away from the side of the cliff to make sure they don’t topple over the edge.

Members of the public have been warned to avoid Vale Road in Trimingham, near Cromer, Norfolk, after the cliff fall (Picture: SWNS)

Coastguards reportedly described the size of the landslide, which happened next to the Trimingham House Caravan Park, as equivalent to “a couple of football pitches”.

The incident comes just a month after a study using Environmental Agency data predicted that 7,000 homes, worth more than £1bn, will fall into the sea over the next 100 years.

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In a post on Facebook on Monday, HM Coastguard Bacton said teams were called to the caravan park that morning, where a “large cliff fall” had happened in the night.

“Once at the location it was discovered the a massive part of the cliff had fallen and some of the caravans was in danger of falling onto the beach below, one of the caravans had a lady inside and was led to safety,” the post said.

Some of the caravans have now been pulled away from the edge of the cliff to stop them toppling over (Picture: SWNS)

It added: “The whole of this area is very dangerous and we asked everyone to keep away, but if you do see anything dangerous on the cliff or beach, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Figures from Plymouth University, cited by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, found that coastal erosion is occurring along 17% of the UK coastline - comprising 30% of England's coastline; 23% in Wales; 20% in Northern Ireland and 12% of the Scottish coastline.

In December a study from price comparison site Confused.com using Environmental Agency data predicted the shocking speed of erosion on England’s coastline within the next century, with thousands of homes at risk of collapsing into the sea as the coastline fades away.

It calculated that 7,000 homes, worth more than £1bn, will fall into the sea over the next 100 years and also showed that 520,000 properties are in areas with coastal flooding risk - a figure that could treble to 1.5 million in the next 60 years without further action.

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