Mammoth idiots! Clueless walkers spotted climbing crumbling cliffs - just a week after collapse tragedy

This picture of two people climbing cliifs is believed to have been taken near West Runton on Saturd

This picture of two people climbing cliifs is believed to have been taken near West Runton on Saturday. Picture: West Runton Beach Cafe/Facebook - Credit: West Runton Beach Cafe/Facebook

Fears are growing for another cliff collapse tragedy as visitors to the coast continue to ignore warning signs - a week after a man was killed.

The scene at Thorpeness, as rescuers attempted to free a man trapped underneath a collapsed cliff. P

The scene at Thorpeness, as rescuers attempted to free a man trapped underneath a collapsed cliff. Photo: Nick Boulter. - Credit: Nick Boulter

Emergency services warned the public to keep clear of the cliffs after a dog walker died when part of a cliff collapsed onto a beach at Thorpeness in Suffolk last weekend.

However, according to reports, visitors to north Norfolk are failing to follow that advice.

A picture posted on the West Runton Beach Cafe Facebook page on Saturday appears to show two walkers climbing the crumbling cliffs in north Norfolk.

Fossil-hunters have flocked to the beach there in the past week in the hope of unearthing more finds on a stretch of coastline where one of the most complete skeletons of a mammoth ever found was discovered.

Margaret Hems pictured on the dig at West Runton beach, the site where she found the West Runton ele

Margaret Hems pictured on the dig at West Runton beach, the site where she found the West Runton elephant bone in 1990. Picture: submitted - Credit: Archant


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Mammoth molars, bison bones and hippo heads have all purportedly been found there in recent days following the tidal surge of January 13.

A post accompanying the photograph shared by West Runton Beach Cafe states: 'The cliffs have suffered massive collapses this week during and after the surge and are still falling; with all the media coverage these people are not only putting themselves at risk but also the emergency services that will attempt to rescue them if the inevitable happens.

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'How many people have to get hurt before it sinks in, do not climb the cliffs?'

Commenting on the post, Kerry Brown added: 'Seen footsteps up there today and thought: 'What idiots...'

'Further towards East Runton some of the cliff fell while we were walking... scary stuff.'

But it wasn't just near West Runton that visitors to the coast appear to be continuing to ignore warnings.

Rosie Burton said: 'I watched two children climbing over the fence helped by their parents near the lighthouse at Cromer today, spoke to them and warned them of the dangers and got short shrift for warning them.'

A senior councillor has claimed those caught climbing the cliffs should be arrested for stupidity.

NNDC councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett. Picture: NNDC

NNDC councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett. Picture: NNDC - Credit: Archant

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett, Cabinet Member for Coastal Management and Environmental Services at North Norfolk District Council, said: 'I find this quite unbelievable. Someone I know had the awful task of digging out the body of that man who got buried at Thorpeness - he is still very, very shaken. Wish that we could arrest people for stupidity!'

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