A LARGE section of a cliff top on Dorset's Jurassic coast has crumbled away - and further falls are expected.

Part of the cliffs at Highlands End Holiday Park near West Bay crashed down on Saturday night amid a deluge of rain and high winds.

Dorset Council said it had expected the cliff fall to happen and has been working with the landowner to make the area safe.

It means part of the South West Coast Path has had to be diverted - walkers are being urged to stick to the diversion and not climb barriers that have been erected in lieu of the fall.

As reported, a 200 metre section of the South West Coast Path was closed due to a crack that opened up on the cliffs, and the area has been monitored over the last three weeks amid fears of collapse.

A Dorset Council spokesman said: "As expected, a large section of Highlands Park cliff near West Bay fell overnight.

"An alternative path that takes people away from the fall has been kindly provided by Highlands End Holiday Park. Walkers must read the on-site information, not climb over the barriers and follow this path.

"The cliff is still falling and unstable. We strongly urge everyone to avoid walking near this section until the area can be assessed."