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Portreath landslide “one of biggest seen”

A landslide on Friday in Portreath Cornwall, is one the biggest seen in the area according to the National Trust.

According to local reports, several metres of the cliff have fallen at Western Hill, near the coastal footpath in Portreath after heavy rain.

National Trust lead ranger for Godrevy to St Agnes Steve Sudworth told Cornwall Live that rain will have affected the cliff.

Images of the landslide can be seen here

“It’s hard to know as and when they do happen but they are definitely affected by heavy rainfall so the period of rainfall we have had over the last few days has definitely contributed to this one.”

He added that the landslide was one of the biggest he’d seen in the area for “a while”.

“The cliff fall itself has happened right next to the coastal footpath so we are just out looking at diverting it - public safety is our primary concern - so it’s safe for people to walk past.”

“Quite a few metres have been lost immediately next to the coast path and the cliff itself was sloping out further down below so all of that has disappeared into the sea.

“A big section has disappeared,” he told Cornwall Live.

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