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New photos reveal the scale of storm-hit sand cliffs

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2:57pm 15th January 2018
(Updated 2:57pm 15th January 2018)

New photos reveal the changing face of sand dunes on a popular Cornish beach, battered by Storm Eleanor.

Pirate FM told you how families have been spotted climbing on the dunes at Crantock, rendered unstable by the wild weather.

Coastguards have branded them a 'serious risk to life' after huge waves, driven by 80mph gales, pounded the coastline.

The team at Newquay has posted several warnings, urging beach-goers to avoid the immediate area.

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Rescuers saw more people clambering on the dunes over the weekend, during an operation to trace a 'man in distress'.

Posting on Facebook, they said: "Whilst searching Crantock Beach we observed a number of people clambering on the sand cliffs.

"These have been created by recent storms. Some are up to 20m high and could collapse without warning.

"There is a very real danger someone will be trapped by a sand collapse and possibly killed. Please do not climb on them".

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Photos: Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team

Local Neil Oxford posted a warning to the Newquay Facebook page last weekend, after seeing dogs fall from the top of the dunes.

He said: "Be careful with your dogs (and children) on Crantock beach everyone. The dune edge has moved back around 20ft from where it was and is now much higher.

"We saw two collies (who of course got there well before their owners!) go straight off the edge.

"Luckily it was on a lower part but they still fell flat on their faces and did several somersaults as they landed.

"It's easy for dogs to get leg or spinal damage this way".

2:57pm 15th January 2018

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