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Police warn walkers to take care on Devon and Cornwall’s coastline

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

Police warn walkers to take care on Devon and Cornwall’s coastline

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RECENT heavy rain and strong winds have battered Devon and Cornwall’s coastline which could make popular walking spots dangerous.

Devon and Cornwall Police are warning people to take extra care and not to take unnecessary risks during their treks.

Inspector John Livingstone, based in Ivybridge said people should not underestimate the power of the weather.

He said: “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.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management and flood prevention said people need to take care.

He said: “While we are keen for people to benefit from our network of public rights of way and the coast path throughout the year, it is very important to take care and take note of weather conditions and advice when using them.

“Particular care is needed in the vicinity of cliffs, avoiding areas of cracking or slumping, and also alongside rivers.

“Alternative options are to visit Stover Country Park and the Grand Western Canal as well as our many shared use surfaced trails such as Drakes Trail, the Granite Way and the Tarka Trail.”

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