Police investigate after car is found on fire on the beach close to Corton cliffs

Emergency services attend the scene of a car that has fallen off the cliff at Corton, Suffolk.

Emergency services attend the scene of a car that has fallen off the cliff at Corton, Suffolk. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Police investigations are continuing after a car went off the cliff top at Corton and was found 'in flames' on the beach below.

Emergency services attend the scene of a car that has fallen off the cliff at Corton, Suffolk.

Emergency services attend the scene of a car that has fallen off the cliff at Corton, Suffolk. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The vehicle went off the cliff top at The Street in Corton about 3.35pm this afternoon (Tuesday), but at this stage 'there is not thought to have been anyone in the car,' according to police.

A police spokesman said: 'A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) on patrol in the Corton area spotted smoke and went to investigate around 3.35pm this afternoon. A car was then found on its roof on fire on the beach below Corton Cliffs.

'At this stage there is not thought to have been anyone in the car, however police and other emergency services are at the scene to carry out searches for anyone who may have come out of the vehicle. The National Police Air Service helicopter is assisting with this.'

Emergency services, including numerous police officers, three fire crews from Lowestoft, the East of England Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard, were called to The Street, near the B1385 Corton Lane junction.


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A fire brigade spokesman said: 'The initial call came in as a road traffic collision near Corton Cliffs. We sent two fire crews from Lowestoft South and a crew from north Lowestoft at 3.40pm, with a car spotted ablaze on the beach there. The scene was cleared by 4.20pm.'

Matthew Dunn, maintenance worker at Waterside Park nearby in Corton, said: 'We saw all the smoke and the police cars coming past, it was coming from the corner.

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'Lots of police cars came, there were fire engines and rapid response vehicles, around 4pm or maybe quarter to four.'

? Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything in the area around this time to come forward. If you can help please call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD number 248 of December 20.

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