Stay away pleas ignored as beach-goers and cliff jumpers return to Durdle Door

Scores of people have defied attempts to close the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea there on Saturday.

So-called tombstoners could even be seen jumping from the 200ft high sea arch again on Sunday despite the dangers.

Police, the ambulance service, the coastguard and the RNLI attended the beauty spot after Saturday's incidents

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LULWORTH, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A man jumps from Durdle Door against the backdrop of a cruise ship as tourists enjoy the hot weather at Durdle Door beach on May 25, 2020 in West Lulworth, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
Members of HM Coastguard Search and Rescue at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
A member of the coastguard looks over a packed beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
NOTE: THESE ARE NOT THE INJURED PEOPLE People jump from the rocks as they enjoy the good weather at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cars parked in the car park at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the good weather as they make their way to the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police patrol the cliff top near Durdle Door, Lulworth, after Dorset Council announced that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
People fill the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
A person jumps into the sea from Durdle Door, near Lulworth, despite Dorset Council announcing that the beach was closed to the public after three people were seriously injured jumping off cliffs into the sea.
People enjoying the good weather as they make their way to the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, as the public are being reminded to practice social distancing following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
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Air ambulances landed at the scene and crowds of people were evacuated from the beach and surrounding cliff area.

Dorset Police confirmed that three people had sustained serious injuries on Saturday.

That evening, Dorset council said Durdle Door and nearby Lulworth Cove would be closed "until further notice".

Dorset Police also tweeted: "Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove remain closed today along with approach roads to the area. Please do not travel as you will be turned away."

But despite this, images taken on Sunday showed people on the beach and even jumping into the sea.

Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) posted on Facebook that people had been jumping from the arch "encouraged by the crowds on the beach" on Saturday.

As well as the three injured men, police had to deal with alcohol-fuelled minor scuffles.

A woman also suffered a suspected broken ankle on Saturday and there was a small but out of control fire from a BBQ.

"Upsetting scenes like we and many others witnessed yesterday illustrate how very dangerous tombstoning is. We couldn't discourage it enough," the CRT said.

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