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Police and Coastguard warn coastline walkers to take care

16:19 16 January 2014

Walkers are being urged to take care duing stormy weather. Photographer Richard Taylor.

Walkers are being urged to take care duing stormy weather. Photographer Richard Taylor.

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Walkers are asked to be vigilant and avoid coastlines during particularly bad weather following the recent storms.

DEVON and Cornwall Police are advising walkers to remain extra careful not to take any unnecessary risks after the recent stormy weather.

The public are advised to avoid the coastline altogether during bad weather and be aware water may weaken the coastline and cause landslips.

Other agencies have also reiterated the warning, and a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard’s advice is simple: don’t take risks. But if you do venture out on to the water, check the prevailing weather conditions and make sure that you can handle them. If in doubt, don’t go out.

“Some sections of the coast around the UK are particularly vulnerable to cliff falls and landslips. HM Coastguard is again advising the public to take great care when walking on cliff paths or along beaches, and take note of any warning signs in place.

“If you get into difficulty, or spot someone who might be in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

No new problems have been reported since the stormy weather, but some areas of the Coastpath have suffered locally.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “Whilst we are keen for people to benefit from our network of public rights of way and the Coast Path throughout the year, it is very important to take care and take note of weather conditions and advice when using them.

“Particular care is needed in the vicinity of cliffs, avoiding areas of cracking or slumping, and also alongside rivers.

“Alternative options are to visit Stover Country Park and the Grand Western Canal as well as our many shared use surfaced trails such as Drakes Trail, the Granite Way and the Tarka Trail.”

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