EMERGENCY services are calling for people to be more considerate after a 'reckless' 28-year- old man scaled Durdle Door's 200ft arch.

Glorious sunshine brought residents and visitors to the Dorset beauty spot over the weekend - and the man, who climbed a safety barrier to scale the famous landmark, sparked an emergency response.

Dramatic scenes unfolded as fire, coastguard and police attended, after members of the public dialled 999 when they saw the man in a 'precarious' position.

According to a spokesperson for the fire service, the man had walked past a warning sign to access the top of the arch "because he wanted to have a look."

"He could not understand what all the fuss was about", they added.

Kate Scott from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue's Red Watch said: "While we want people to enjoy the area, we also want them to think about their actions.

"You do get people climbing up the arch who probably don't realise that they can be seen by the public.

"What they also don't realise is it that it takes an awful lot of resources to launch a rescue operation when a member of the public calls us with concerns."

Two fire engines were called out - one from Poole and another from Weymouth - plus two tech teams and an officer.

According to the fire service this meant additional crews had to be moved across the county to attend other incidents.

"The man climbed down of his own accord but he would definitely have been given a warning about the impact his reckless behaviour had on resources", Kate Scott added.

A spokesperson from the coastguard said: "The UK’s coastlines are ideal for exploring, and with the Easter holidays upon us we want people to be able to enjoy it safely.

"It might be tempting to climb cliffs and rocks but it’s not worth the risk, don’t attempt it unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so.

"Don’t use cliffs as a short cut back to the top and if the you see some is stuck, don’t be tempted to try and self- rescue them, you could get stuck yourself.

"We want everyone to make the most of our coastline and enjoy a great day out, but don’t take unnecessary risks and if you see someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the coastguard."