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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Heavy tides lead to partial collapse of Cumbrian harbour wall

Part of the outer wall at Whitehaven Harbour has collapsed after being battered by waves.

The section of wall, by the lock gates, has been broken allowing water to flood into the inner harbour.

Waves are also crashing over the wall by the Golden Sands beach and pouring into the harbour.

There are around 10 police officers around the harbour stopping vehicles and pedestrians from walking along the area near to the Beacon Museum.

A force spokesman said that the coastguard was on its way to assess the damage to the wall.

"It's just plain dangerous for anybody to be on the harbour in this weather," he said.

An Environment Agency spokesman confirmed later that "minor damage" had been caused to the harbour wall but there was "no chance of flooding" in the area.

He added they were pleased the harbour's flood gates had done their job.

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