Huge cliff fall at Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:59 04 November 2008 | UPDATED: 11:33 17 June 2010

BREAKING NEWS: There has been a huge cliff fall off Sidmouth s Eastern beach this afternoon.

BREAKING NEWS: There has been a huge cliff fall off Sidmouth's Eastern beach this afternoon.

Tonnes of red sandstone dropped on to the beach at around 2pm, followed by two smaller falls within 30 minutes of the first.

Eyewitness John Foxwell, 65, said: "It was like a bomb had gone off. It made a hell of a noise as it came down.

"I was going for a walk and had just got to the seafront when I heard a roar. I thought it was a 'plane. I turned round and the cliff had gone and a huge heap was there.

"It must be hundreds of tonnes, you can see the gouge, like someone has cut a piece out of the hill," said Somerset-born Mr Foxwell.

"What I saw first was a wave going out to sea.

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