Cliffs warning: ‘that hard hat won’t do much good’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 March 2016

A man spotted on Sidmouth's east beach

A man spotted on Sidmouth's east beach

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Warnings about the risks of cliff falls and the incoming tide have been reiterated after a man in a hard hat was photographed on Sidmouth’s dangerous East Beach.

Anthony Vosper, who took this photo, was amazed to see the man there on Saturday afternoon – and said the ‘little yellow hat’ would not be much use against a tonne of rock.

A spokesman for East Devon District Council said the authority is ‘ever mindful’ of its responsibility to the public, so they can enjoy the coastline safely.

She added: “We therefore strongly recommend that people do not walk along East Beach due to the ever present risk of cliff falls and the danger of becoming trapped by the incoming tide.

“We maintain steps at the western end to assist people in escaping East Beach safely and we’re working with the National Trust, which owns the majority of East Beach, to improve the signage at the eastern end.”

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