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Dangerous sand cliffs could collapse "at any time"

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

A sand cliff at Fistral Beach. Photo by Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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An urgent safety warning has been issued about the new cliffs of sand left carved by the recent storms on some beaches in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council said the high seas had removed huge quantities of sand from the length of Gwithian Towans leaving a big drop onto the shoreline below.

There is also a similar situation at Marazion and at other beaches.

However children have been seen burrowing into the side of the side of the new sand cliffs at Gwithian.

Parents have been urged to stop their children from playing near the sand cliffs or digging into them as it is thought they could collapse without warning.

In 2005, three-year-old Abbie Livingstone-Nurse suffocated in the sand at Towans Beach near Hayle.

The toddler and her brother had dug a 5ft deep sand hole in the sand which then collapsed on top of the little girl.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: “We are monitoring the situation and have inspected Gwithian Towans again today.

“Please be careful near the edge where sand has been taken away by storms leaving and in particular do not sit below or play near a sand cliff.”

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