‘Clueless’ family caught camping on dangerous cliff edge in terrifying pictures

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A family were caught camping on a crumbling cliff edge prone to landslides.

Staithes and Whitby Coastguard responded to a report of parents pitching up a tent with their child – less than three metres away from a perilous drop in Cleveland Way on the North Yorkshire coastline.

Aerial snaps posted on Facebook by Staithes Coastguard reveal just how close to the cliff edge the family decided to spend a night away from home in lockdown, Teeside Live reports.

The volunteer-run rescue service took to Facebook on Saturday, February 27, to update the public of their most recent job.

Staithes Coastguard said: "Today’s call was to attend a section of the Cleveland Way to issue safety advice to two adults and a child camping on the cliff edge.

"An Officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to breach of coronavirus restrictions.

"Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.

"If walking the Cleveland Way please stay on designated footpaths.

"If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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Responses to the post were far from sympathetic towards the family told to move on, as followers of the page were stunned at the danger posed to the child.

One person commented: "Horrendous! The child must have been petrified camping so close to that edge. They need to be severely punished for this!"

Another said: "Absolutely clueless. Should get a stupidity fine as well as a Covid breach fine."

A third wrote: "Not just being stupid for themselves & putting a child in danger but using up valuable time with the coastguard when they could be elsewhere."

It is not yet known whether the family were issued with any fixed penalty notices.

A warning had been issued over a large landslip on Cleveland Way just weeks previously.

People were urged to avoid a footpath on Huntcliff, which had crumbled during Storm Christoph.

Witnesses said that large chunks of the footpath fell, leaving it in a dangerous condition.

The path, which is around 110 miles long, is regularly used by walkers and runners.

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