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Police warn of coastal path danger after bad weather battering
6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014 in Devon
Police and HM Coastguard are advising walkers to be extra careful and not to take any unnecessary risks after the recent adverse weather has battered the Devon and Cornwall coastline.
Water can weaken the coastline which may cause landslips, making it potentially dangerous.
In extremely bad weather, the public are advised to avoid the coastline altogether due to the potential danger of big waves.
Inspector John Livingstone, said: “Don’t underestimate the power of the weather.
“We are asking people to be sensible and don’t do anything that puts your life in danger.”
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."
For latest information on slips on the coast path visit: http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walkthepath/news/2013/09/27/latest-path-closures-and-diversions/#more-494