Popular section of Cornwall beach closed to public over cliff concerns

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Popular section of Cornwall beach closed to public over cliff concerns

A farmer has decided to close his part of a beach in Cornwall used by tourists for generations - amid fears of falling rocks and an unstable cliff face.

The Cornwall Council sent a letter to owners at Portheras Cove, to the north of Pendeen, warning of its dangers.

And Ian Flindall, of Chaypraze Farm on the eastern side of the parameter involved, has decided to close his section to the public - rather than face getting sued if there were to be an accident.

Mr Flindall made the decision after consulting insurers about the subject.

The council wrote to owners after being made aware of potential risks by visitors.

According to This Is Cornwall, a spokesperson said: "We wrote to the landowners of Portheras to highlight concerns which had been raised by beach users over the stability of the cliff face above.

"Our advice has been to take professional advice with regard to the cliff's stability and ensure beach users are made aware of the potential hazards."

The news comes just as tourists and locals were warned to be aware of blue sharks that have been spotted off the coast of Cornwall.

Charles Hood, 52, was photographing sea life on Saturday, when a group of the sharks circled his boat.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "Blue sharks off Britain are rare. They tend to feed off things further out. You don't want to get too close to them."

He added: "The hot weather has brought the mackerel in and the sharks have followed."

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