‘Plume of brown dust’ photographed in another Sidmouth cliff collapse

Cliff fall at East Beach, Sidmouth, witnessed on Sunday morning (August 17). A big dust cloud covere

Cliff fall at East Beach, Sidmouth, witnessed on Sunday morning (August 17). A big dust cloud covered the cliffs. Picture: Tony Velterop - Credit: Tony Velterop

A dramatic cliff fall in Sidmouth on Sunday morning was captured on camera by local residents.

Sidmouth cliff fall. Picture: Vicki Lomas

Sidmouth cliff fall. Picture: Vicki Lomas - Credit: Archant

Photos of the collapse at East Beach were sent to the Herald by Tony Velterop and Vicki Lomas.

Mrs Lomas was out for a morning walk along the seafront with her husband Shane when it happened.

He said: “We had parked at the top end of the seafront, walked down to the lifeboat station and back, and halfway back we saw a little cliff fall and a small amount of dust.

“About ten minutes later we were at the top end of the beach watching the lifeboat going out to sea … moments later we saw a large plume of brown dust rising as high as the cliff face and actually being blown inland over the fields.


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“My wife took the picture and about ten minutes later there was a smaller cliff fall but we then had to leave.

“But, in all, it was very dramatic.”

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