Huge cliff collapses into sea yards from homes sparking coastal warnings

A huge cliff was collapsed into the sea just yards from homes –  sparking coastal warnings in Devon.

The clay cliffside fell at Livermead in South Devon, prompting fears the area may still be unstable.

It's understood to have happened on Monday – but these images taken from the sky today show the scale of the damage caused when several tonnes of red rock crumbled into the ocean.

Onlookers said the fall had changed the coastline at LIvermead near Torquay, Devon, forever and is the latest in series of similar incidents in the area.

Torbay Council and the Harbour Authority took to Twitter to warn people about the collapse.

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Torbay Harbour Authority said: "The area may still be unstable and dangerous.

"Please avoid cliff top and below until a full survey can be completed."

Torbay Council said: "There's been a large cliff fall at Livermead, we are just establishing next steps but please be careful if you are around the area and close to the cliffs."

A section of the coastal path has also been shut off while a probe continues.

The collapse is the latest in a long line of landslides along south Devon's famous red sandstone cliffs in recent years.

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It follows two similar cliff falls in recent weeks at Fishcombe in Brixham, reports Devon Live.

And nearby in Torquay locals have watched in fascination for years as Ridgemont House gradually collapsed down the cliff face above Oddicombe beach.

In February 2017 a £3,000 garden outhouse plunged hundreds of feet from Cliff Road, Sidmouth.

The owner he received a call from a neighbour to tell him there had been a cliff fall which swept away part of his garden.

Twenty minutes later another slip claimed the outhouse containing garden furniture which the householder had been trying to rescue.

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