ANOTHER large rockfall has occurred on a west Dorset beach. 

Part of the cliff on the beach between Burton Bradstock and Freshwater Holiday Park gave way last week.

The exact day when the fall occurred has not been confirmed, but it was thought to have happened on either Friday or Saturday.

Dorset's Jurassic Coast is said to be 'unpredictable' and authorities have warned of increased rock falls in the area amid heavy rainfall.

Warning signs are in place along the coast to warn people of the risks associated with overhanging cliffs and rockfalls, which pose a danger even at low tides.

Back in January, a major fall entirely cut off West Bay's East Beach, leaving huge amounts of rock left on the shoreline.

Paths up to the cliff were closed as the council urged people to stay away from the area.

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And in December, another rockfall happened on Burton Bradstock beach, with locals describing it as 'a severe overhang' and 'an accident waiting to happen'.

Meanwhile, over in Lyme Regis, a landslip occurred on East Cliff Beach in February. 

A Dorset Council spokesman said in an earlier statement: "Rockfalls can, and do, happen at any time. The Jurassic Coast looks the way it does because of erosion - meaning it is always on the move.

"The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place to visit, but it's important to use common sense and caution – stay away from the edge and base of cliffs and always pay attention to warning signs and safety messages."

The National Trust, which owns large parts of land adjacent to the beaches in west Dorset, said the coast and cliffs here are unstable and naturally liable to landslips and falls at any time without warning.

"We would urge people to take the time to read warning signs in car parks and footpaths and follow their instructions so they can enjoy the coast safely," it said after December's rockfall. 

"People should always stay well back from the cliff edges, whether on or below them, and we ask people not to visit to the site as secondary falls may occur without warning."